Cookie Policy

How we use Cookies

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about webpage traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system. Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not.

A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us. You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

What sort of Cookies do we use?

Necessary Cookies


  • wpSGCacheBypass is a cookie used by our websites hosting provider, Siteground, for local caching purposes to improve loading time of the website.

GDPR Cookie Consent

The Cookie Consent plugin, GDPR Cookie Consent, uses 3 cookies:

  • viewed_cookie_policy to record overall acceptance of cookies,
  • cookielawinfo-checkbox-necessary to indicate acceptance of necessary cookies, and
  • cookielawinfo-checkbox-non-necessary to indicate acceptance of non-necessary cookies .

All three cookies are persistent (to stop the cookie consent banner reappearing all the time) and have a default expiry of 365 days.

WordPress: Comments

When visitors leave comments on the website 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.

WordPress Cookies

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 visit our login page, 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.

Performance (non-necessary) Cookies

Google Products

St Olave’s Church uses YouTube to share church services.   Google’s Privacy Policy can be found here.

St Olave’s Church uses Google Analytics to analyse use of the website so that performance improvements can be made.  The information is anonymised.  Google Analytics uses 3 cookies:

  • _ga has a default expiry of 2 years and is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier.
  • _gid has a default expiry of 24 hours and is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier.
  • _gat_gtag_UA_161411158_1 has an expiration of 1 minute and is used to throttle request rate.

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 tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


St Olave’s Church York uses Mailchimp to manage the newsletter.  To do this we need to store your name and email address.  You can unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time by clicking on the Unsubscribe link at the bottom of the newsletter email.  When you unsubscribe, your contact details are deleted.
Mailchimp’s Privacy Policy can be found here.

How to disable Cookies

You may be able to configure your browser or our website, application or service to restrict cookies or block all cookies if you wish, however if you disable cookies you may find this affects your ability to use certain parts of our website, applications or services. For more information about cookies and instructions on how to adjust your browser settings to accept, delete or reject cookies, see the website.