What are Cookies?

Cookies and similar technologies are used for storing information locally on your device.

A cookie is a small text file, downloaded on to a device when the user accesses certain pages on a website. Cookies allow a website to recognise a user’s device and information specific to the user, such as your shopping basket. A cookie is only intended to be readable by the website (domain) that set it, and the information contained within can be either plain text or may be encrypted to enhance security of confidential information.

For the purposes of this document, the term 'Cookies' will be used generically to include 'similar technologies', for example, Local Shared Objects (commonly referred to as “Flash Cookies”), and web beacons or bugs (including transparent or clear gifs) mostly used to monitor movement between web pages.

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Session and persistent cookies

Cookies can expire at the end of a browser session (from when a user opens the browser window to when they exit the browser) or they can be stored for longer.

Session cookies – allow websites to link the actions of a user during a browser session. They may be used for a variety of purposes such as remembering what a user has put in their shopping basket as they browse around a site. These session cookies expire after a browser session so would not be stored longer term.

Persistent cookies – are stored on a users’ device in between browser sessions which allows the preferences or actions of the user across a site (or in some cases across different websites) to be remembered. Persistent cookies may be used for a variety of purposes including remembering users’ preferences and choices when using a site.

First and third party cookies

Whether a cookie is ‘first’ or ‘third’ party refers to the website or domain placing the cookie. First party cookies in basic terms are cookies set by a website visited by the user - the website displayed in the URL window. Third party cookies are cookies that are set by a domain other than the one being visited by the user. If a user visits a website and a separate company sets a cookie through that website this would be a third party cookie.

Our Use Of Cookies

We do NOT use First Party Cookies on any of our web pages, but we do have to use Third Party Cookies to provide the facility of taking your order and payment processing on our Online Shop page. You can browse all of our site with the EXCEPTION of the Online Shop page without having any cookies set.

We are not required to ask your specific permission for setting cookies on the Online Shop page, The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 has a clause whereby 'Implied Consent' is given by the user for the setting of essential cookies needed to provide services requested by the user – If you visit our Online Shop page, the cookies are essential to the provision of this service and some are automatically set upon opening the web page, you are deemed to have given your Implied Consent to the setting of these cookies by the act of opening that specific web page. If you do not wish to have these cookies set, then you must avoid opening our Online Shop web page, or disable cookies in your web browser.

Purpose of our Cookies

The Third Party cookies set by our Online Shop page are used to manage and process your order, and as such are essential to the facilitating of this service. Order and payment processing is done by PayPal (a secure and long established payment processor), and they set the cookies used. We do not have any control over, or specific information on the Third Party cookies set by PayPal, if you require further information on the cookies they set, then you should visit their web site and seek out their published policy –

Managing Cookies

Enabling and disabling cookies varies with the browser brand and version you are using, we suggest that you seek information from the browser 'Help' usually accessible via the Browser Menu, or visit the browser suppliers web site.

If cookies are not enabled on your device, you will still be able to browse the entire website without any difference to those with cookies enabled, but you will NOT be able to place an online order. If you attempt to place an order with cookies disabled, you are likely to experience an error message generated by PayPal, any message displayed or actions suggested are beyond our control.



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