Use of Cookies

A cookie, also known as a browser cookie or tracking cookie, is a small text file created by a website and stored on your device (eg. computer). These files help websites to remember your preferences whenever you move between pages or when you return to a website at a later date. They can only be read or edited by the website that originally created them.

What cookies do

Cookies can't actually 'do' anything. They cannot make copies of themselves nor can they scan, read or modify anything on your device. It is impossible for cookies to read personal information. Cookies simply allow a website to recognise users when they return to the site.

Why cookies are required

Not all websites require cookies. However, some sites need to remember things about public users. For example, a website that sell things will need to remember the items in your shopping basket. If a website couldn't remember this information, then it would be lost everytime you moved to a new page. Most websites use one or more cookies to remember these details.

How cookies are used on this website

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses cookies to help us analyse how our website is used.

The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage.

Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.

You may disable cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your device (see information below). By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

Google Analytics sets four cookies automatically when you visit our site, as shown below.

NamePurposeExpiry
_utma Contains the main details of the user 2 years
_utmb Contains details about the current website visit 30 mins
_utmc Used only to determine if the user has closed their browser End of visit
_utmz Contains referral details about the current visit 6 months

Third party cookies

Some third party services embedded within this website (eg. Google Maps) will set their own cookies. These are known as third party cookies because they are not set by our website. We have no control over the cookies set by these services.

How to manage, remove or disable cookies

For more information about cookies, including instructions on how to manage, remove, or disable cookies on your device, please see the All About Cookies website.

If you choose to disable cookies, then this website will remain fully usable but we will not be able to gather valuable usage information about your visit, which helps us to constantly improve the website.

Please note that other websites may become completely unsuable if cookies are disabled. Some users prefer to clear cookies regularly, rather than disabling them altogether.

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