Privacy and Cookie Policy

Who we are

Our website address is: and the site is run by Tammy Knowles

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymised string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Our news posts are shared on our Facebook pages and Twitter streams. If you publicly reply to one of these posts then it may be added as a comment on this website along with the public name from your profile and, for Twitter, a link to your public profile.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Non-personalised cookies are used to assist with displaying adverts from Google and for Analytics.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


When someone visits the website we collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. This information is only processed in a way which does not identify anyone including anonymising the IP address. As well as our own methods, we use a third-party service, Google Analytics, to do this. We do not make and do not allow Google to make, any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website. If we do want to collect personally identifiable information through our website, we will be upfront about this. We will make it clear when we collect personal information and will explain what we intend to do with it. If you don’t want Analytics to be used in your browser, you can install the Google Analytics browser add-on. Learn more about Google Analytics and privacy.


We use Google AdSense to display ads on the website. For visitors within the EEA these ads do not use personalised data. For visitors outside the EEA you may see adverts based on your location, personal interests or internet browsing history. For more information on how Google use your data for advertisements please see the Google information page. Cookies are required for running these advertisements but the cookies for users in the EEA do not contain personal data – they are only used for frequency capping, aggregated ad reporting, and to combat fraud and abuse

See for how Google uses information and to change your settings related to personalised or targeted adverts.

Optional Third Party Services

If you subscribe to email updates, your email address and IP address is sent to in order to ‘follow’ the site and receive updates. You can control these subscriptions at

Who we share your data with

We do not share any personal data with any third parties. Google Analytics and Google adverts use anonymised data to respect your privacy.

If you choose to use third-party services such as email subscriptions and notifications then some data will be shared as per the ‘Optional Third Party Services’ statement above.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site or have left comments (other than via social media), you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Our contact information

We can be contacted for any queries via:
Tammy Knowles –

Cookie Control

Cookies are small data files stored on your computer that allow website owners to monitor usage and services – such as assisting with logging in, remembering settings, seeing what pages are more popular than others. Only our website can access the cookies that are set by us.

We use cookies for the following reasons:

  • Necessary cookies – these cookies are required for the website such as to allow users to register or log in. They do not collect personal information.
  • Performance cookies – these cookies are used to gather anonymous data about website visitors such as what pages are visited and for how long as well as information about what links are followed. We use Google Analytics for this purpose who will set 3rd party cookies to fulfil this – please refer to the Analytics section of the Privacy Policy for further information.
  • Functionality cookies – these cookies allow for personalisation and to make using our website easier such as by pre-filling your username and email address when logging in or commenting. They may also be used to store preferences such as cookie consent so you don’t get asked every time you visit. Google will also place 3rd party functionality cookies for Adverts and Analytics – please refer to the Analytics and Advertisements sections of the Privacy Policy for further information.
  • Advertising and targeting cookies – these cookies allow for personalisation of adverts and are NOT used for visitors within the EEA. Google will place 3rd party advertising cookies for visitors outside the EEA -please refer to the Advertisements section of the Privacy Policy for further information.
    •  If we do start to show personalised or targeted adverts to visitors from the EEA then we will request explicit consent and update the Privacy & Cookie Policy accordingly.

By continuing to use this website you consent to our use of cookies.

Controlling cookies from your browser settings is the best way to ensure control of cookies.

The website has some good information about cookies and also gives advice on how to block both 1st party cookies (from this website) and 3rd party cookies (such as from Google Ads etc). The website also has helpful information.

If you wish to learn how to control what personalised or targeted adverts you may see across the Internet then you can do so via

We reserve the right to amend the Privacy & Cookie Policy.
Last updated: 24th May 2018.