What are cookies?

Cookies are small files which are saved on your computer when you access a website, and which contain information which can be read by scripts loaded by a web page. Information can be written to cookies by scripts loaded by a web page, or can be sent directly from a server when you load a page.

Each time your browser makes a request from a server (for a page, image etc) it sends some of the cookies to the server along with the request, so the server can also read information in those cookies. This is often used by servers to keep track of your "session", so that for example it can remember items that you have saved to a shopping basked.

For information about privacy concerns with cookies, see the Cookies page on the website of the Information Commissioner's Office. The European Union also has a useful page on Data protection and online privacy which mentions cookies

Does use cookies?

Yes. A session cookie is set by our server on the domain when you load a page (see below). We also set a cookie to record that fact that you have seen our cookie notice, so we don't need to show it to you every time you load a page. Our "Calendar" page loads a calendar from Google and sets cookies on domains (more details below).

Cookies set by do not store information to identify you personally.

What is the session cookie set by the server?

Apart from our "Calendar" page (see below) most pages on this website will set a "session" cookie when you visit them. This is an automatic feature of the server from which the pages are loaded. We do not currently use this cookie at all, and the website will function normally if you turn off cookies in the Privacy setion of your browser settings.

How does the Calendar page use cookies?

Our "Calendar" page loads a Google Calendar. This is served from Google and sets cookies on domain. If you don't want these cookies to be set, you can block cookies using your browser privacy settings, or do not click on links to the Calendar. A partial calendar listing events for the next month or so is available on our home page. For more information on how Google uses your data see Google Privacy & Terms.