Cookie Policy

This site uses some unobtrusive cookies to store information on your computer.

We also use some non-essential cookies to anonymously track visitors or enhance your experience of the site. If you’re not happy with this, we ask that you review your cookie settings in your browser but some nice features of the site may be unavailable.

By using our site you accept the terms of this Cookie Policy. 

What is a cookie?

Almost every website you visit will be saving a small text file or files on your computer called a cookie. They can do numerous jobs like keeping you logged into a website or remembering if you’ve ticked a box or selected a special feature.  Cookies CANNOT see what’s on your computer, access your files or find out who you are – they are simply very small text files that enable websites to offer personalised services or improve their content. 

How we use cookies. 

We use a small number of cookies on this website to help keep things running smoothly and to provide us with anonymous information about your visit and ironically, to tell us if you have accepted cookie use. This page is designed to inform you about the cookies we use.

Our cookies help us:

  • Make our website work as you’d expect. 
  • Offer you free services/content. This applies to our Calendar page and Contact page which both use Google Services.
  • Improve the speed/security of the site.
  • Allow you to share pages with social networks like Facebook.
  • Continuously improve our website for you by telling us which pages get visited the most.

We do not use cookies to:

  • Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission), e.g. if you sign up to our newsletters.
  • Collect any sensitive information (without your express permission).
  • Pass personally identifiable data to third parties.

You can learn more about all the cookies we use below.

Cookies used by this website. 

Analytics – Cookies will follow you around this website giving us statistics on your visit. It helps us to know how many visitors we have, how many pages they view and also things like what operating system they use and how they find us. This is important to us so we can update our website to meet the needs of our visitors. At no point do we know who you are. We use stat-counter.com to provide this information. One of those cookies, sc_is_visitor_unique, is placed directly by our website to determine if you are a first-time or returning visitor and will stay on your computer for 2 years. StatCounter also place another cookie, __cfduid, which is a web statistics tool. You can read information about StatCounter cookies here.

Session Cookies – Our site uses a Session cookie to “remember” your route around our site and facilitate your use of the site. Session cookies are only stored in a temporary file and are deleted when you close your browser down. 

 Cookie policy bar– The cookie information bar that you see at the top of the page when you first visit our website uses a cookie to determine if you have clicked the accept cookies button – the cookie is called: “catAccCookies” and lets us know not to show it to you again. This is a direct cookie issued by our website and will stay on your browser for 1 month unless you delete it before then.

Third party functionsOur site, like most websites, includes functionality provided by third parties. A common example would be an embedded YouTube video. Our site includes the following which use cookies:

  • YouTube – powers the videos on our site  and their cookies will appear on these pages to aid functionality.  Privacy Policy 
  • Google – provides our calendar and location map  and their cookies will appear on these pages to aid functionality.  Privacy Policy
  • PayPal – to power our donation button  and their cookies will appear on these pages to aid functionality. Privacy Policy
  • MailChimp – provide our mailing list form and store our mailing list  and their cookies will appear on these pages to aid functionality. Privacy Policy

Disabling these cookies will likely break the functions offered by these third parties. 

We provide social media link buttons as a courtesy. If you use these buttons the social media sites themselves may place cookies. We have no control over these cookies.

Links from our website.– We provide links to third party websites as a courtesy. If you click on these links we are not responsible for any cookies those websites may use. 

Granting us permission to use cookies.

If the settings on your software that you are using to view this website (your browser) are adjusted to accept cookies we take this, and your continued use of our website, to mean that you are fine with this. Should you wish to remove or not use cookies from our site you can learn how to do this below, however doing so will likely mean that our site will not work as you would expect.

  Turning Cookies Off.   

You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies (Learn how here). Doing so however will likely limit the functionality of our’s and a large proportion of the world’s websites as cookies are a standard part of most modern websites.   

It may be that you concerns around cookies relate to so called “spyware”. Rather than switching off cookies in your browser you may find that anti-spyware software achieves the same objective by automatically deleting cookies considered to be invasive. Learn more about managing cookies with antispyware software.   

We would like to thank Attacat Internet Marketing http://www.attacat.co.uk/, a marketing agency based in Edinburgh for providing the links in the “Turning Cookies Off” section above.