Cookies and your privacy


To make this site work, we want to place small data files on your computer. These are known as cookies. Most big websites do this too.

They improve things by:
    •    remembering settings, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you visit a new page
    •    measuring how you use the website so we can make sure it meets your needs
Our cookies aren’t used to identify you personally. They’re just there to make the site function well. You can manage and/or delete these small files as you wish. To learn more about cookies and how to manage them, visit Or please read on to find out more about how and where we use cookies.

Cookie Control

We have added a function called Cookie Control to our website to give you the choice of allowing cookies or not. This is the icon in the bottom left corner which gives you options via a pop up box when you click on it. Saying no to cookies using the Cookie Control panel will prevent anything other than essential cookies being set. This sets a custom cookie called _civicAllowCookies and alters your preference for cookies on this site. This cookie expires on the end of your session. (When you close your browser).

How we use cookies

Drupal System Cookies

This website is built on the Drupal open source platform and uses a number of standard Drupal cookies in order to function fully.

The SESS... cookie is a Drupal session cookie used when an authorised user (in other words, a registered member) logs in. An initial SESS cookie is set when you browse anonymously on the website which looks to see if you are logged.

The has_js cookie records whether your browser has JavaScript enabled.

The standard Drupal logs used on the website collect information on usage - IP addresses, URLs visited, and related information - and is recorded for all site visitors for the purpose of site traffic analytics and to enable us to check and rectify any website errors. These logs last for 21 days and are then overwritten. Data in these logs is only accessible to our staff or organisations working on the website (in practice, this means only Sheila Fraser and our website developer).

Google Analytics

At we use Google Analytics to collect statistical information regarding who is using the website and how they move around the site once they are here.

Google Analytics is Google’s free web analytics tool that helps website owners to understand how their visitors engage with their website. Google Analytics collects information anonymously and, gives cusomers reports and data on web trends without identifying individual visitors. Analytics uses its own set of cookies to track visitor interactions. These cookies are used to store information, such as what time the current visit occurred, whether the visitor has been to the site before and what site referred the visitor to the web page.

Google Analytics sets cookies called _utma, _utmb, _utmc, _utmv, _utmd and _utmz

The _utma cookie stores each user’s number of visits, time of the first visit, the previous visit and the current visit, This cookie expires two years after your last visit to this site.

The _utmb and _utmc cookies check how long a visitor stays on the site: when a visit starts and ends. _utma expires 30 minutes after your visit, or after 30 minutes of inactivity and _utmc expires at the end of a session (when you close your browser).

The _utmz cookie tracks where a visitor came from (search engine, search keyword, link) and expires sic months after it was last set.

The _utmv and _utmd cookies track visitor journeys through the site and classifies them into groups. These cookies expire immediately. 

These cookies are collected on all pages of our website unless you have stated otherwise. Saying no to these cookies will have no impact on your use or experience of the website.