Martin Rees, Jeweller and Pawnbroker

Why we use Cookies and Google Analytics

Our website uses four cookies, all written from a script supplied by Google.  A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers.
The cookies we use are 'analytical' cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of guests and to see how guests move around the site. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example by making sure guests are finding what they need easily.  We do not collect any personal information about you, we are only aware of how many visitors come from each town, and which pages they visit, and for how long.
We also find out what sort of devices visitors are using, so we can make sure the site develops to suit them.  For instance recently we were surprised how many visitors have low resolution smart phones, so we must make sure they can enjoy the site.
Once you leave the site all the cookies set by us are inactive.  There is no way we can know what you do at any other time, only when you are on this site.

Why Cookies are installed when you arrive

I find there is nothing more irritating than having a box pop up asking me if I will accept cookies - it keeps getting in my way as I try to read the page!  I want to use my browser settings to control cookies, not have to set them for every site.  Almost all visitors feel the same, so I feel this method gives you the best experience.
Also, quite a few visitors only read one page.  They're unlikely to click on a popup to let me install cookies, so I wouldn't know they'd visited my site.  I would have no way of knowing about their visit, and no way to ensure that others finding the same page, and just visiting that page, have a good experience.

Cookies set by google Analytics

All cookies have a time limit, at which point they expire.  Your browser will then delete them.

These are the Cookies Google Sets

_utma which identifies you by a unique ID and expires 2 years after your last visit to our site.  It enables us to know how many different guests each page gets, and how many return.
_utmb which traces which pages you visit, and how long you linger.  It expires 30 minutes after you leave the site.
_utmc is not used by Google these days, and will expire when you close your browser.  It is only retained in case some users need it.
_utmz contains how you reached the site (if you used a search engine it holds the search terms you used).  It expires 6 months after you leave our site.

If you want further information, visit Google Analytics for their full explanation.

Controlling the Cookies on your Browser

We hope you will allow us to use these cookies, they really help us understand your needs.  If not, there are certain steps you can take.

Change your default cookie settings.

Normally cookies are deleted when they expire.  Good browsers enable you to change this so they are deleted when you close the browser.  This is what I do, it enables most sites to function, and limits the clutter of cookies on my computer.  Unfortunately some cookies do need to be kept permanently, for instance the BBC needs to know my location, so that it can display local news.  Also sites requiring a password need cookies if you want to be logged in automatically.  Most browsers have add ons which make it easy to change the settings for specific sites.  Sorry, I can't give any advice on changing the settings, but an Internet search will help you.
If you take this option, your visit here will be monitored, but the cookies deleted when you close your browser, so if you come back at a later date the site will see you as a new visitor.

Disable Scripts

Google Analytics uses a script on every webpage to set and update the cookies.  You can disable scripts, the method will vary according to your browser.  This is a useful protection against malware as well.  However this does have drawbacks, and some sites do not function properly without them.  On this site you will only encounter 2 problems; first my e-mail address will be hidden, also the map showing our shop will not work.

How to delete unwanted cookies

If you don't consider any of these options acceptable and don't want your visit monitored, we're sorry but you'll have to leave this site, as we lack the skills [and time] to write the coding to prevent your visit being monitored.
The button below should remove all the cookies this site has placed on your computer; we can't guarantee it, but it's worked on all the browsers we've tested.  After using it, leave the site without visiting any other page, which will write the cookies again.
You may want to browse the site, then return to this page to remove the cookies.  To avoid unnecessary repetition, the warning in red about cookies will only appear on the first page you visit.  To return to this page later, go to our main index on our Home Page, and find the link about Cookies