Our Cookie Policy

We use cookies because bits of the software used in developing the site work best with them switched on. We also uses some third-party services like Google Analytics to provide us with useful statistics about our visitors so we can assess how well the site is being used. We try not to use any adverts but there may be the odd linked graphic to our third-party services but you can safely ignore them.

These are the cookies that you will get if you use all features of the site:

CookieTypeDurationDescription
Comment CookiesComments346 daysWhen you leave a comment in our blog WordPress sets some cookies. This is purely a convenience, so that you won't need to re-type all your information again should you leave another comment. Up to three cookies are set for commenters, depending on which fields of the form they complete : comment_author, comment_author_email and comment_author_url
viewed_cookie_policyPersistant365 daysWe use this cookie to mark your implied consent to the usage of cookies whilst viewing the website. This prevents the consent bar re-appearing each time you visit the site. It is set as 'viewed_cookie_policy', only holds a yes or no value, and tracks no personal data.
wordpress* or wp_* cookiesvariousvariousYou should only get these if you are logged into your own wordpress account.
_gaPersistant2 yearsWe use Google Analytics to assist with monitoring, and identifying areas of the site that can be improved. The _ga cookie is used to uniquely identify you as a visitor to this site. This is achieved by generating two random 32-bit numbers and setting them in a cookie, no personal information or data is tracked.
__utm*Temporary< 1 dayThese are cookies used by the shopping software we use (Ecwid) and most of them expire very quickly, either at the end of the session or within an hour. But there are a couple that last longer (__utma and __utmz).
__utmapersistent2 yearsThis is from our shopping software (Ecwid), it stores the number of visits (for each visitor), the time of the first visit, the previous visit, and the current visit.
__utmzpersistent6 monthsThis comes from the shopping software we use (Ecwid) and records whether the visitor came from a search engine (and if so, the search keyword used), a link, or from no previous page (e.g. a bookmark).

To get rid of them you’ll need to consult your browsers “settings”.

Thanks for reading,

Jeff