Cookie Policy

Purpose of this Policy

This policy gives the following information about cookies and their use on our website:

What are Cookies?

Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise your device. You can find more information about cookies at: and For a video about cookies visit

Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improve the user experience. They can also help to ensure that adverts you see online are more relevant to you and your interests.

What Cookies are used by Us and Why?

The cookies used on this website have been categorised based on the categories found in the ICC UK Cookie guide. A list of the cookies used on this website by category is set out below.

Category 1 – Strictly Necessary Cookies

These cookies enable services you have specifically asked for.

These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. Without these cookies, services you have asked for, like shopping baskets, cannot be provided.

Cookie Name Description More Information
PHPSESSID This cookie contains a unique session ID which is a mechanism for distinguishing different users’ visits when multiple users are visiting the website at the same time. It is essential for interactive use of the site. For more information see
These cookies contain session information to distinguish different users’ visits on the forum and to remember when users are logged in.  
Category 2 – Performance Cookies

These cookies collect anonymous information about the pages visited by you.

These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works.

By using our website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.

Cookie Name Description More Information
These Google Analytics cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited. Click here for an overview of privacy at Google
Category 3 – Functionality Cookies

These cookies remember choices you make to improve your experience.

These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. These cookies can be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.

By using these functions on our website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.

Cookie Name Description More Information
footer-ad-popup We set this cookie to remember if you've closed our e-mail newsletter pop-up sign-up box that appears at the bottom of the screen so that it doesn't keep popping up on every page once you've closed the box. This cookie expires at the end of every session; i.e. when you close your web browser.
Category 4 – Targeting/Advertising Cookies

These cookies collect information about your browsing habits in order to make advertising relevant to you and your interests.

These cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator’s permission. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers. Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation.

By using our website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.

Cookie Name Description More Information
Our website carries advertisements using Google AdSense. This sets a cookie called DoubleClick which profiles individuals as they browse and is used to present them with advertisements customised to their interests. An opt-out tool is available at which allows you to opt out of this cookie. This will not stop adverts appearing, but means they will not be tailored to your interests, and will prevent your anonymous browsing habits being recorded.

Restricting and Blocking Cookies

If you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by this website, or any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The Help function within your browser should tell you how.

Alternatively, visit which contains comprehensive information on how to restrict or block the cookies on a wide variety of browsers. This site provides details on how to delete cookies from your computer as well as more general information about cookies.

For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.

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

Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of this website.

Cookies set by Third Party Websites

Our website sometimes embeds content from other websites such as YouTube. As a result, when you visit a page with embedded content you may be presented with cookies from these websites. We do not control these cookies and you should therfore check the relevant third party website for more information about these cookies.

Other Useful Information

To obtain further information on the ICC UK cookie guide, visit

Changes to our Cookie Policy

Any changes we may make to our cookie policy in the future will be posted on this page. This policy was last updated on 17 May 2012.

Contact Us

If you still have any concerns about our cookie policy, please contact us.