Cookies Policy

A cookie is a small piece of data that is sent from our web server to your browser when you visit It is stored on your hard drive. Internet browsers normally accept cookies by default, but it is possible to set a browser to reject cookies.

Our cookies

Cookies allow us to recognise devices and track how our visitors use We use cookies that are essential for you to navigate or provide you with basic website features. Data collected from some cookies helps us enhance the performance of and offer you a better user experience We will not use any of this data to identify you personally, it is used only to monitor and improve

There are several types of cookie that are used to keep track of information needed by a site user as they travel from page to page within a website.

First-party cookies

Cookies can be used to track internet activity after the user has left a website. These are normally facilitated by organisations external to the website being visited and are generally known as ‘third-party’ cookies. They usually have a long lifetime with several months being quite common. They are ‘harvested’ and ‘refreshed’ whenever the user visits a page where the same or a similar cookie is being used.

Google Analytics

We currently use Google Analytics to measure and analyse visitor information related to our web site. For that purpose, your IP address, Internet traffic data and data on your browser type and PC are collected using several cookies (_utma, _utmc, utmb, utmz):

  • _utma is used by Google Analytics to identify first-time site (‘unique’) visitors vs. returning visitors. It expires after two years
  • _utmc identifies unique visitors vs. returning visitors but expires when you close your browser.
  • _utmb is used for general visitor tracking and expires after 30 minutes.
  • _utmz tracks source visits (the origin of the visit). It expires after six months.

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Session Cookie

The PHP_SessionId cookie is related to the Member login cookie. It is used by  PHP to create a session cookie that contains ‘session id’ and is required for everyone visiting the site. This helps to maintain security and to keep track of visitor data. It is a required cookie for forms where it allows the data entered to be processed.

External Media

We sometimes embed media content from external websites. pages with embedded media content, for example photos from flickr or videos from YouTube, may provide cookies from these websites. Cookies may also be presented by external providers of a share content service, such as digg or Twitter.

Rejecting cookies

Internet browsers normally accept cookies by default, but it is possible to set a browser to reject cookies. If this is done it is important not to exclude the benign and useful cookies. Choose an option that rejects all third party and long-lived cookies.

If you do not want cookies stored on your computer, you can remove them using the following methods:

Google Chrome

Google Chrome version 14 or above:

  1. Click the wrench button in the upper-right corner of the Chrome window. SelectOptions.
  2. In the Navigation pane, clickUnder the Hood.
  3. In Privacy, clickContent Settings.
  4. In Cookies, clickAll cookies and site data.
  5. Click theRemove All button to delete all cookies stored in Chrome.

Earlier versions of Google Chrome:

Navigate to the Cookies section of your Chrome browser. Click Remove All to delete all cookies.


In the latest version of the Firefox browser:

  1. Select theFirefox 
  2. SelectOptions
  3. SelectOptions 
  4. Click thePrivacy 
  5. Select the History section
  6. Click theRemove Individual Cookies
  7. At the bottom of the Cookies window, clickRemove All Cookies to delete all cookies created from your Firefox browser.


In version 5 or later of Apple’s Safari browser:

  1. Click the Gears menu in the upper-right corner of the Safari window.
  2. SelectReset Safari.
  3. CheckRemove all website data. You can uncheck everything else if you only want to delete cookies.
  4. ClickReset to delete all cookies created from your Safari browser.

Internet Explorer

In the latest version of Internet Explorer:

  1. SelectTools from the Internet Explorer window
  2. ClickDelete Browsing History.
  3. Check the box next toCookies. You can uncheck everything else if you only want to delete cookies.
  4. ClickDelete to remove all cookies stored in Internet Explorer.