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Cookie Policy

This policy explains what a cookie is and how we use them. It also tells you what to expect when we collect personal information. It applies to information we collect about:

  • Visitors to our websites
  • People who use our services, eg who subscribe to our newsletter or request a file from us

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small text file that a web browser stores on a user’s computer. They provide a way for a website to recognise you and keep track of your preferences so that you are offered tailor-made information when you next visit that site. The can also be used to analyse web activity for the purposes of marketing. Nearly all websites use cookies and they do not harm your computer.
Visitors to our websites

What information do we collect?

When someone visits, we collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. We collect this information in a way which does not identify anyone. We do not make any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our websites. We will not associate any data gathered from this site with any personally identifying information from any source. If we do want to collect personally identifiable information through our website, we will be up front about this. We will make it clear when we collect personal information and will explain what we intend to do with it.


What cookies do we use and why?

Below is a list of cookies that we use on our website. It is not an exhaustive list but if you notice any anomalies, please email:

Browser Sessions

phpsessid - This cookie is essential if the website is saving the data from a form you have submitted for instance by adding an item to a shopping basket, using a login system or writing a story or comment. It is part of PHP - a programming language used in this website and will delete itself once you close down the browser window when you have finished.

Google Analytics

_utma, _utmb, _utmc, _utmz - These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit

Cookie Control

civicAllowCookies - This cookie is used to record if a user has accepted the use of cookies on this website.

YouTube cookies

We may embed videos from YouTube. This may set cookies on your computer once you click on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos. To find out more please visit YouTube's embedding videos information page.


Your cookie settings

If you want to check your cookie settings or change your preferences, this can usually be amended in your browser settings. You can choose to block cookies at any time by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. If you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our website. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit


Links to other websites

This policy does not cover the links within this site linking to other websites and the cookies these may have in operation. We encourage you to read the privacy statements on the other websites you visit.


Changes to this policy

We keep this policy under regular review. This policy was last updated in May 2018.