How we use Cookies on this site

Our website uses a technology known as cookies to store small amounts of data on our visitors’ computers or devices. Cookies are small pieces of text data that can be placed on a visitor’s computer, normally to provide enhanced functionality and/or improved relevancy of information. For more information about cookies, visit

Cookie Audit

In order to comply with the Privacy and Electronic (EC Directive) Regulations, we will from time to time audit our use of cookies and publish information here. The most recent audit was carried out in June 2012.


The law now requires that we need a visitor's consent to accept certain types of cookies from this site. By using this website you agree that we can place cookies on your computer unless you change your browser settings. We believe there is no reason for any concern over any of the cookies used on our website; however certain users may have privacy concerns or consider some cookies to be intrusive. Below we outline what cookies we use and why, to help you make an informed choice.

First-party cookies

These are cookies set by ourselves or the software running on our website. Some of these are to gain insight into how visitors arrive at our site, and which pages they view, to help us monitor and improve the service. Others are essential for operation of certain parts of the website and may only last for the duration of your browser session.

We have listed our first-party cookies below, along with their purpose and expiry period.

Session ID:
This is created by our web server software and is designed to preserve the context of your visit. We do not store any information in this (session) cookie, although it is generated automatically when you visit our site.
Expires: At the end of your session (when you close your browser).

Google Analytics:
Name: __utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmz, __utmv
Purpose: We use Google Analytics to collect information about how visitors find and use our website. This helps us to continue to improve the site. 
__utma: 2 years
__utmb: 30 minutes
__utmc: at end of session (when you close your browser)
__utmv: 2 years
__utmZ: 2 years

View the Google Analytics Privacy Overview, (including how to opt out if you wish).

Third-party cookies

Some of the functionality of the site uses third-party plugins, for example social media buttons (Facebook, Twitter etc.), or Google Maps. These may use cookies created by such a third-party service and although we have chosen to integrate the services with our website, we do not have control over the cookies set by these services.

We use these services as a convenience to our visitors and on the basis that the providing party adheres to their privacy and/or data use policies. (See Further Information below). 

Because they are outside our control, the detail of these cookies may change, so we have listed some information and links about the respective third parties to help you find out more. The actual cookies may also vary depending whether you are logged into those social media sites when browsing our website.

Facebook 'Like' Box Plugin:
We use this on our Home page to let people share with their friends and connect with our Facebook page.
View the Facebook Privacy Policy.

Twitter 'Follow' Button:
We use this on our Home page to let people easily connect to our Twitter account and follow our Tweets.
View the Twitter Privacy Policy.

Google Maps:
We use this on our How to Find Us page to provide detailed information on where we are located..
View the Google Privacy Policy.

Google Custom Search:
We use this to provide a convenient site search function across the website.
View the Google Privacy Policy.

Some of our Pages (e.g. Home page) and News articles contain embedded YouTube videos. YouTube is owned by Google.
View the Google Privacy Policy.

Controlling and Blocking Cookies

We do not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you. However, if you wish to block cookies from this website (or any other), you can do so by modifying your browser settings. Your browser’s Help function should advise you on how to do this. If you would like more information on how to do this for your specific browser, please visit

If you use your browser settings to block all cookies, then certain parts of our site may not function correctly.