What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small text file that is sent by a website server and stored on your computer. Cookies are needed for a number of functions which make websites work, or work more efficiently, and they can provide information to website owners about how you use their website. Cookies can also be used to personalise your experience on a website.
- Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our site, including for authentication purposes when you are logged in. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website or book an appointment.
- Analytical/performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily. We use Google Analytics to provide anonymous statistics on how our site is used. Some performance cookies may be placed and managed by third parties.
- Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our site. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region – or your cookies and marketing preferences).
- Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.
What cookies do we use?
You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:
- _ga (Google Analytics)
This cookie is a Google Analytics persistent cookie which is used to distinguish unique users.
- _gid (Google Analytics)
This cookie is used to store information of how visitors use a website and helps in creating an analytics report of how the website is doing. The data collected including the number visitors, the source where they have come from, and the pages visited in an anonymous form.
- _gat (Google Analytics)
This cookie is used to throttle request rate. These are third party cookies that are placed on your device to allow us to use the Google Analytics service. These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our website. We use this information to compile reports and to help us improve our website.
There’s also a lot of good information about cookies available online. For more information about cookies generally, visit allaboutcookies.org.
Changing your cookie preferences
We understand that not everyone wants to see targeted adverts or contribute to statistics on website use. When you first visit our website, you will be asked to confirm which types of cookies you agree to us using. You cannot disable cookies that are necessary for our website to operate correctly, but we will not place other cookies unless you agree. You can change your cookie preferences on our website via the pop-up cookie acceptance banner.
You can also configure cookie settings in your web browser, to prevent first party cookies (from our website) and/or third party cookies (from other websites) from being used when you visit our website. You can find out more about how to do this at the following links:
However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.
Get in touch
The Old Town Hall
Telephone number: (+44) 01484 723788