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- Strictly necessary cookies – 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 or selected cannot be provided.
- Performance cookies – 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 do not collect information that identifies a visitor. All the information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. This information is only used to improve content and how a website works.
- Functionality cookies – These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personalized features. For instance, they may be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a news item or blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.
- Targeting or advertising cookies – 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 to measure the effectiveness of an advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator’s permission. Quite often targeting and advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by other organisations.
Our hosting provider uses a load-balancer which adds a cookie to identify the server in use. This is a strictly necessary session cookie, named DYNSRV, used to improve performance of the website.
We use two third-party services to support what we do: Ticketsource provides our online ticket sales facility. When you click on the link to buy tickets you are redirected to their site, which sets cookies in the abergavennysymph.org.uk domain. MailChimp provides our newsletter service for concerts and workshops. When you sign up for one of these mailing lists, cookies may be set in the abergavennysymph.org.uk domain.
We do not use any targeting or advertising cookies.
To support our content and provide richer information, we sometimes embed content from websites such as YouTube. As a result, when you visit a page with content embedded from, for example, YouTube you may be presented with cookies from these websites. We do not control the dissemination of cookies from third party sites. However we only use reputable companies who comply with the terms of GDPR. You should check the relevant third party website for more information about these.