I've changed the main control board (operating board as espares called it), and it is still doing the same thing. There is a larger board in there as well. Could it be this one??
Have now changed both boards, but still have the same problem. Can only assume faulty solenoid, cracked or broken wire somewhere in the machine?? I reckon a new washing machine is the way to go as I'm just throwing more money down a black hole??