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Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site, such as the number of visitors. Most major websites use cookies.

Types of cookies used on our website

'Strictly necessary' cookies

Some cookies on our website are essential for us to be able to provide you with a service you have requested. If you prevent these cookies, via your browser for example, we can't predict how our website will perform during your visit. Some services may stop working.

We use 'strictly necessary' cookies for things like:

  • online forms and payments

'Analytics' cookies

We use analytics cookies to help us understand how users engage with our website. They also allow us to see which features are most popular and make them better, and remove the features that nobody uses. We would find it difficult to analyse how well our website was performing and improve it without these cookies.

Information collected is only used to help us improve how our website works.

We use 'analytics cookies' for recording things like:

  • the number of visitors to our website
  • the type of device used to access our website such as PC, mobile phone or tablet.

These are considered non-essential cookies. Learn how to disable these cookies.

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ASP session cookie


This session cookie is used by our server and is required so that our web pages function properly.

It will expire when the browser is closed.

Online forms and payments


These session cookies allow users to fill out our online forms.

They maintain the state of the page and store values entered as you progress between screens.

They will expire when the browser is closed.

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These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our website. We use the information to analyse site usage, compile reports and help us to improve the site. The cookies collect information such as the number of visitors to the site and the pages they visited.

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To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, please visit

Third party cookies 

Some of the cookies used on our website are stored on your machine by third parties. We have no control over these cookies or how the third parties use them.

They are used to allow that third party to provide a service to us, for example maps and photo galleries.

For more information on these cookies and how to disable them, please see the third party's individual privacy policy.


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We embed videos from our official YouTube channel using YouTube's privacy-enhanced mode. This mode may set cookies on your computer once you click on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode. To find out more, please visit YouTube's embedding videos information page


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Google Maps

We place Google Maps around the site to help people find a venue or service.


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We have a number of Flickr galleries embedded across our website.


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Browsealoud is a free computer program that reads web pages aloud.  


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We may update this policy from time to time. We last changed this policy on 19 September 2021.

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