Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer and used by the various websites that you visit. A cookie can only ever be read by the website that created it in the first place. They are used to store information pertinent to your use of a website.
Cookies can be created just for your current session, after which they are deleted, or can be kept permanently on your hard disk. Without these cookies, many websites would not be able to function correctly. For example, cookies will be used by websites to record in your shopping basket items that you wish to purchase. Or they could be used to store your login information for a particular site. Other sites may use them to track pages you have looked at or products that you've searched for to make your next visit more meaningful.
- When you use the search facility (present on every screen in the bottom left-hand corner) we store the text that you enter so we can pass it to the search results screen. We also store from the search screen the type of search you make - ie any word, all words or exact phrase. These cookies are kept just for your current session.
If you were to disable cookies, then the search facility would not be able to function.
- There is a facility on our website to change the colour scheme you use, and your choice is stored in a cookie. This cookie is kept on your hard disk so we can retrieve your choice of colour scheme each time you visit our site. This cookie will expire after two years.
- We have three diary pages: one for St John's, one covering the whole Benefice, and one showing local events in and around Alresford. The diaries are maintained using the Google Calendar facility, and we embed our diaries from Google directly into our web pages. We have noticed that Google sets cookies for each of these pages, but we do not know how they are used.