Our website uses four cookies, all written from a script supplied by Google. A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers.
The cookies we use are 'analytical' cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of guests and to see how guests move around the site. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example by making sure guests are finding what they need easily. We do not collect any personal information about you, we are only aware of how many visitors come from each town, and which pages they visit, and for how long.
We also find out what sort of devices visitors are using, so we can make sure the site develops to suit them. For instance recently we were surprised how many visitors have low resolution smart phones, so we must make sure they can enjoy the site.
Once you leave the site all the cookies set by us are inactive. There is no way we can know what you do at any other time, only when you are on this site.
Why Cookies are installed when you arrive
I find there is nothing more irritating than having a box pop up asking me if I will accept cookies - it keeps getting in my way as I try to read the page! I want to use my browser settings to control cookies, not have to set them for every site. Almost all visitors feel the same, so I feel this method gives you the best experience.
Also, quite a few visitors only read one page. They're unlikely to click on a popup to let me install cookies, so I wouldn't know they'd visited my site. I would have no way of knowing about their visit, and no way to ensure that others finding the same page, and just visiting that page, have a good experience.
Cookies set by google Analytics
All cookies have a time limit, at which point they expire. Your browser will then delete them.
These are the Cookies Google Sets
_utma which identifies you by a unique ID and expires 2 years after your last visit to our site. It enables us to know how many different guests each page gets, and how many return.
_utmb which traces which pages you visit, and how long you linger. It expires 30 minutes after you leave the site.
_utmc is not used by Google these days, and will expire when you close your browser. It is only retained in case some users need it.
_utmz contains how you reached the site (if you used a search engine it holds the search terms you used). It expires 6 months after you leave our site.
If you want further information, visit Google Analytics for their full explanation.