Legal notices

WEB SITE TERMS

YOUR USE OF THIS WEB SITE

You may only use this web site for lawful purposes and you may not use it in a way that infringes the rights of anyone else or that restricts or inhibits anyone else’s enjoyment of the web site.

You may not, without my prior written consent, copy, reproduce, crawl, frame, republish, download, print, post, distribute, re-post, broadcast, record, transmit, edit, communicate to the public, link to, deep-link into, or distribute in any way the web pages or materials on the web site or the computer codes or elements comprising the web site other than solely for your own personal or internal business use. You may not use the content of the web site for any commercial purposes whatsoever.

USE OF THIS WEB SITE FROM OUTSIDE THE UK

Except where otherwise specified on this web site, the materials on this web site are displayed solely for the purposes of telling the story of Combe Down. Those who choose to access this web site from locations outside the UK are responsible for compliance with local laws if and to the extent local laws are applicable.

DISCLAIMER AND ACCURACY OF CONTENT

I provide this web site and its contents on an “as is” and on an “as available” basis and make no (and expressly disclaim all) representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, with respect to this web site or the information, content, materials, products and services included in this site including, without limitation, warranties of satisfactory quality, merchantability, non-infringement, compatibility, security, accuracy and fitness for a particular purpose.

To the extent permitted by applicable law, I disclaim all representations and warranties, express or implied, that content or information displayed in or on this web site is accurate, complete, up-to-date and/or does not infringe the rights of any third party.

The views expressed in user generated content are the opinions of those users and do not represent my views, opinions, beliefs or values.

I may make improvements and/or changes to the site.

I do not represent or warrant that the information accessible via this web site is accurate, complete or current or that functions available on the site will be uninterrupted or error free, that defects will be corrected, or that the site or the server that makes it available are free of viruses or bugs. You acknowledge that it is your responsibility to implement sufficient procedures and virus checks (including anti-virus and other security checks) to satisfy your requirements for the accuracy of data input and output.

I do not guarantee the timeliness, completeness or performance of the website or any of the content. While I try to ensure that all content provided by me is correct at the time of publication no responsibility is accepted by me for any errors, omissions or inaccurate content on the website. The documents and graphics published on this server could include technical inaccuracies or typographical errors.

I am not responsible for any content posted by members of the public or other third parties on this site or for the availability or content of any third-party sites that are accessible through the site. Any links to third party websites from this site do not amount to any endorsement of that site by me and any use of that site by you is at your own risk.

I shall not be liable for damages arising out of or in connection with the use of this web site or the information, content, materials or products included on this site including (without limitation) loss or damage (whether such damage or losses were foreseen, foreseeable, known or otherwise):

  • loss of data
  • loss of revenue or anticipated profits
  • loss of business
  • loss of opportunity
  • loss of goodwill or injury to reputation
  • losses suffered by third parties
  • any indirect, consequential, special or exemplary damages arising from the use of the site regardless of the form of action

If any of these terms in this disclaimer are determined to be illegal, invalid or otherwise unenforceable by reason of the laws of any state or country in which these terms are intended to be effective, then to the extent and within the jurisdiction in which that term is illegal, invalid or unenforceable, it shall be severed and deleted from these terms and the remaining terms shall survive and continue to be binding and enforceable.

My failure or delay to exercise or enforce any right in these terms does not waive my right to enforce that right.

OWNERSHIP OF RIGHTS

All rights, including copyright and other intellectual property rights, in and to this web site are owned by or licensed to me. No part of this website may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without my prior written permission, except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical reviews and certain other non-commercial uses permitted by copyright law. For permission requests, please contact me via the contact form.

Your use of the web site and its contents grants no rights to you in relation to my intellectual property rights, or that of third parties, in the web site or its contents. By submitting information (other than your personal data), text, photos, graphics or other content to the web site you confirm that you have the right to use the same and grant me a right to use such materials at my own discretion (with or without accreditation) in any media including, without limitation, to edit, copy, reproduce, disclose, post and remove such materials from the web site.

You further agree to execute all such documents and do all such acts and things as I may reasonably require assigning any such rights to me and to waive any moral rights you acquire in or to the web site.

DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER OR OTHER DEVICE

I use reasonable efforts to ensure that this web site is free from viruses and other malicious or harmful content. However, we cannot guarantee that your use of this web site (including any content on it or any web site accessible from it) will not cause damage to your computer or other device. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the right equipment (including antivirus software) to use the web site safely and to screen out anything that may damage or harm your computer or other device. Except where required by applicable law, I shall not be liable to any person for any loss or damage they suffer because of viruses or other malicious or harmful content that they access from or via the web site.

EXCLUSIONS OF LIABILITY

I exclude all representations, warranties, conditions and terms (whether express or implied by statute, common law or otherwise) fully permitted by law. I accept no liability for any losses or damages which are not reasonably foreseeable arising out of or regarding these web site terms or your use of the web site.

GUIDELINES FOR SOCIAL MEDIA

Please read and understand the below before posting any user generated content on my web site or social media sites.

OWNERSHIP OF SUBMISSIONS

Other than personal data (which is subject to my Privacy and Cookie Policy) all comments, gift messages, blogs, feedback, suggestions, questions, ideas, artwork, images, product or marketing ideas and any other submissions disclosed, submitted or offered to me on or through the web site or otherwise disclosed, submitted or offered by you (collectively, “Submissions”) shall become and remain my property of once submitted. You must comply with the content standards set out in these terms. You warrant that you own or have the right to use any Submissions and that your Submissions will comply with these standards and guidelines.

SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES

These terms also govern any Submissions you make on any of my related third-party web sites or pages such as my Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube or social networking site. All comments, images, videos and any other type of material posted on any third party social networking site do not necessarily reflect my opinions or ideas of or my employees and I are not responsible for any such content. In any event, all material posted on any third party social networking site must comply with these terms and the third party social networking sites’ terms of Use, as applicable.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS

A disclosure, submission or offer of any Submissions and your agreement to these terms and conditions shall constitute an assignment to me of any intellectual property rights. Whenever you make use of a feature that allows you to upload material to my site, including questions, or contact other users of my site or to make Submissions on any of my related third-party web sites or pages, you must comply with the content standards set out below and these terms. Any third-party advertising on my pages of third party social networking sites are not the responsibility of or endorsed by me. All rights, including copyright on my pages are owned by or licensed to me. Any use of any of my social networking pages or their contents, including copying or storing them in whole or in part, other than for your own personal, non-commercial use is prohibited without my permission. By making a Submission you confirm that the Submission is your own and that the content does not infringe the material, trademarks or intellectual property of others.

CONFIDENTIALITY

Any material you upload to my web site will be considered non-confidential and non-proprietary, and I have the right to use, copy, distribute and disclose to third parties any material in the Submissions for any purpose. I also have the right to disclose your identity to any third party who is claiming that any material posted or uploaded by you to my site or any of my related third party social networking site constitutes a violation of their intellectual property rights, or of their right to privacy. I will not be responsible, or liable to any third party, for the content or accuracy of any materials posted by you or any other user of my web site. I have the right to remove any Submissions you make on my web site if, in my opinion, such Submission does not comply with the content standards set out below.

RULES FOR SUBMISSIONS

You must be 18 years of age or older and registered to post a submission.

Please be polite and only write in English.

Submissions should not include:

  • profanity, blasphemy, spiteful, racist, sexually explicit, sexually gratuitous or discriminatory comments or content that might be considered as harassment, abuse or threats against the personal safety or property of others
  • comments about other reviewers or bloggers
  • remarks that repeat criminal accusations, false, defamatory or misleading statements
  • material which impersonates others or personal information about anyone, including yourself, such as phone numbers, postal addresses or credit card numbers
  • spam or advertising
  • third party brand names or trade marks
  • HTML code, computer script or web site URLs

I in my absolute discretion, reserves the right to not publish the Submission or remove it, take any appropriate action if deemed necessary or remove reviews which relate to seasonal products which are no longer in season.

Please let me know if you see any Submissions which do not comply with my rules.

LINKS TO OTHER WEB SITES

I have placed links on this web site to other web sites I think you may want to visit. I do not vet these web sites and do not have any control over their contents. Except where required by applicable law, I cannot accept any liability in respect of the use of these web sites.

PASSWORD/ACCOUNT SECURITY

You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password and account and any activities that occur under your account. I shall not be liable to any person for any loss or damage which may arise because of any failure by you to protect your password or account.

These exclusions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English law. If any provision of these disclaimers and exclusions shall be unlawful, void or for any reason unenforceable then that provision shall be deemed severable and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of the remaining provisions.

Nothing in these web site terms shall exclude or limit my liability for personal injury or death caused by my negligence. In addition, these web site terms shall not limit or exclude any other liability that I am not permitted to limit or exclude under applicable law.

PRIVACY & COOKIE POLICY

My privacy and cookie policy explains what personal information I collect about you when you use the web site. Please note that when you agree to these web site terms you shall be deemed also to have read, understood and agreed to my privacy and cookie policy in its entirety.

PRIVACY POLICY

I am committed to protecting your privacy when you use my web site. In this privacy statement I explain how and why I collect your information, what I do with it and what controls you have over my use of it.

You can access my site home page and browse my site without disclosing personal data.

My site enables you to communicate with other visitors or to post information to be accessed by others. When you do so, other visitors may collect your data.

My site does not include links to third party service providers.

I do not automatically log personal data, nor do I link information automatically logged by other means with personal data about specific individuals.

I do not use cookies to store personal data nor do I link non-personal information stored in cookies with personal data about specific individuals.

I collect the personal data that you may volunteer while using my site.

I do not collect information about my visitors from other sources, such as public records or bodies, or private organisations.

I do not knowingly collect personal data from children.

I do not disclose my visitors’ personal data.

SECURITY

I place great importance on the security of all information associated with my customers. I have security measures in place to attempt to protect against loss, misuse and alteration of customer data under my control. For example, my security and privacy policies are periodically reviewed and enhanced as necessary and only authorised personnel have access to user information. I use a secure server (SSL) to encrypt potentially sensitive information you input before you send it to me. While I cannot ensure or guarantee that loss, misuse or alteration of data will not occur, I use reasonable efforts to prevent this.

YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THESE PRIVACY STATEMENT TERMS

By using any of the web site or my services, you unconditionally agree to be bound to this privacy policy.

DATA I COLLECT AND HOW I USE IT

I collect and process information about you to:

  • identify you each time you visit my web site
  • process orders or applications submitted by you
  • improve my services and web site
  • customise your experience, for example, provide advertisements that I think are relevant to you and which support any specific requests for information you may make through keyword searches
  • carry out research on the demographics, interest and behaviour of all my customers and
  • send you information I think you may find useful, including information about products

You may be asked for information about yourself, such as your name, email address, postal address and telephone number.

LOG FILES/IP ADDRESSES

When you visit my web site, I automatically log your IP address (the unique address which identifies your computer on the internet) which is automatically recognised by my web server. I use IP addresses to help me administer my web site and to collect broad demographic information for aggregate use. I do not link IP addresses to personally identify information.

COMMENTS

When visitors leave comments on the site i 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: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

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

IMAGES

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.

CONTACT FORM

I only use the information you submit to answer your question. Any information provided is not and never will be used for marketing or any other purpose than answering your question. I may keep your email address so that I remember who you are.

NON-PERSONAL INFORMATION

I may automatically collect non-personal information about you such as the type of internet browser you use, mobile device or the site from which you linked to my web site. You cannot be identified from this information and it is only used to assist in providing an effective service in my web site. I may from time to time supply the owners or operators of third party sites, from which it possible to link to my web site, with information relating to the number of users linking to my web site from the third-party web site. You cannot be identified from this information.

PERSONAL DATA

WHAT I NEED

I will be what’s known as the ‘Controller’ of the personal data you provide to me. I only collect basic personal data about you which does not include any special types of information or location-based information. This does however include name, address and email

WHY I NEED IT

I need to know your basic personal data to operate the website. I will not collect any personal data from you I do not need to operate the website and to contact you.

WHAT I DO WITH IT

All the personal data I process is processed by me in the UK. However, for the purposes of IT hosting and maintenance this information is located on servers within the European Union. No third parties have access to your personal data unless the law allows them to do so. I have controls in place to oversee the effective and secure processing of your personal data.

HOW LONG I KEEP IT

If you purchase something from the site then I am required under UK tax law to keep your basic personal data (name, address, contact details) for a minimum of 6 years after which time it will be destroyed. Your information that I use for marketing purposes will be kept until you notify me that you no longer wish to receive information.

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

For users that register on MY website (if any), I 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 I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO DO WITH IT

I would however like to use your name and email address to inform you of my future offers and similar products. This information is not shared with third parties and you can unsubscribe at any time via email.

WHAT ARE YOUR RIGHTS?

If at any point you believe the information I process on you is incorrect you may request to see this information and, if necessary, have it corrected or deleted. If you wish to raise a complaint on how I have handled your personal data, you can contact Richard Hill as Data Protection Officer and he will investigate the matter. If you are not satisfied with his response or believe I are processing your personal data not in accordance with the law, you can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Richard Hill is Data Protection Officer and you can contact me at via the contact form.

USE OF COOKIES

The law states that I can store cookies on your machine if they are essential to the operation of this site but that for all others I need your permission to do so.

I do use some non-essential cookies. I do not do this to track individual users or to identify them, but to gain useful knowledge about how the site is used so that I can keep improving it for my users. Without the knowledge I gain from the systems that use these cookies I would not be able to so do.

Cookies are pieces of information that a web site transfers to your hard drive to store and sometimes track information about you. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but if you prefer, you can change your browser to prevent that. However, you may not be able to take full advantage of my web site if you do so. Cookies are specific to the server that created them and cannot be accessed by other users, which means they cannot be used to track your movements around the web. Although they do identify a user’s computer, cookies do not personally identify customers or passwords.

I use cookies for the following:

  • to identify who you are
  • to gather web stats on my audience size and patterns
  • to ensure that you are not asked to register twice

If you leave a comment on my 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 my site, I 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, wI 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.

I use Google Analytics, a popular web analytics service provided by Google Inc. Google Analytics uses cookies to help me to analyse how users use the site. It counts the number of visitors and tells me things about their behaviour overall – such as the typical length of stay on the site or the average number of pages a user views.

The information generated by the cookie about your use of my web site (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information to evaluate your use of my web site, compiling reports on web site activity and providing other services relating to web site activity and internet usage.

Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google undertakes not to associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.

I also track user data for the use of Google Analytics features such as:

  • remarketing
  • network impression reporting
  • demographics and interest reporting
  • integrated services that require Google Analytics to collect data via advertising cookies and anonymous identifiers

If you have Adobe Flash installed on your computer (most computers do) and you use an audio or video player, Google Analytics will try to store some additional data on your computer. This data is known as a Local Shared Object or Flash cookie. This helps me to analyse the popularity of media files. I can count the total number of times each file is played; how many people watch videos right to the end and how many people give up half way through. Adobe’s web site offers tools to control Flash cookies on your computer.

Some third-party cookies are set by services that appear on my pages. They are set by the operators of that service and are not in my control. They are set by Twitter, Facebook Pinterest, Scoop.it and others and relate to the ability of users to share content on this site, as indicated by these icons.

If you want to delete any cookies that are already on your computer, please refer to the instructions for your file management software to locate the file or directory that stores cookies. You can access them through some types of browser. Search in your cookie folders to find my cookie and the Google Analytics cookie if you wish to delete them.

More information about cookies, including how to block them or delete them, can be found at AboutCookies.org.

EMBEDDED CONTENT FROM OTHER WEBSITES

Articles on my 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.

SECURITY AND SECURITY LOGS

The IP address of visitors, user ID of logged in users, and username of login attempts are conditionally logged to check for malicious activity and to protect the site from specific kinds of attacks. Examples of conditions when logging occurs include login attempts, log out requests, requests for suspicious URLs, changes to site content, and password updates. This information is retained for 14 days.

This site is scanned for potential malware and vulnerabilities by Sucuri’s SiteCheck. We do not send personal information to Sucuri; however, Sucuri could find personal information posted publicly (such as in comments) during their scan. For more details, please see Sucuri’s privacy policy.

This site is part of a network of sites that protect against distributed brute force attacks. To enable this protection, the IP address of visitors attempting to log into the site is shared with a service provided by ithemes.com. For privacy policy details, please see the iThemes Privacy Policy and the Cloudflare privacy policy.

I use the Akismet anti-spam service. Akismet collect information about visitors who comment my site. The information collect typically includes the commenter’s IP address, user agent, referrer, and site URL (along with other information directly provided by the commenter such as name, username, email address and the comment itself).

LOGGING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS

If you decide to register with a social media account, as a first step, you will be directly forwarded to the respective social network web site, where you have to login or register.

Important: I am not able to collect your log in data.

CONNECTING TO SOCIAL NETWORKS

As a second step, your account will be connected to the social network by an application on my web site.

To register, my site needs the same email address you stored with your social network account, so that I can contact you and create an account regardless of your social network.

If you ever disconnect the connection between application and your profile, you will still be able to use your profile. In this case you can apply for a new password by using the function “forgot my password”.

If you agree to the usage of your data stored in the social media network to use my site, please establish the connection on the social network. Then you will be forwarded back to my registration.

Now my site adopts the data of the respective social network and creates an account for you.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

After completing this form of registration, I save the information which social network you used to log in. This information is saved in form of a key. I will never save your access data regarding the respective social network.

Should you change your data, which have been transmitted to me via the account you registered, these modifications must be made on my site too. I don’t receive automatically updated data.

DISCONNECT CONNECTION

Should you decide to use the platform independently of a social network, you can disconnect the account with the social network. I then am no longer entitled to use data from your profile. Therefore, you must request your own password via the function “forgot my password”. If you like me to delete your data from the respective social network from your profile, you must delete your whole profile.

OTHER WIDGETS

I use other web widgets on this site.

Facebook Social Graph is the largest social network dataset in the world, and it contains the largest number of defined relationships between the largest number of people among all web sites since it is the most widely used social networking service in the world and is Facebook’s way of mapping all the data I give the platform together. The use of Facebook Social Graph protocol gives me the ability to control how content appears on Facebook when a user share’s or likes an article or other content on my site.

Gravatar is an image that follows you from site to site appearing beside your name when you do things like comment or post on a blog. This web site uses for the display of pictures or avatars in the commentaries. Gravatar, is operated by Automattic Inc., 60 29th Street #343, San Francisco, CA 94110-4929, USA. The email address in the commentaries will be transferred to Gravatar, to eventually display a picture which is linked to this email address. The email address will be transmitted encrypted to the servers of Gravatar; the pictures will be delivered to my web site and will be integrated on the commentaries of my web site. By displaying the pictures, Gravatar can collect your IP address. Further information on the exaltation and usage of data through Gravatar and by Automattic can be found at their Privacy Policy. If you do not want a picture which is linked to your email address be linked in the commentaries, you should use an email address, which is not stored by Gravatar.

USE OF GOOGLE MAPS API

This web site uses Google Maps on some pages to display interactive maps. Google Maps is a map service from Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, California 94043, USA. By using Google Maps, information about the use of this web site can be transferred to Google in the USA, including your IP address and the (starting) address you entered in the route planner.

If you visit a web page of my web site that includes Google Maps, your browser directly connects to Google servers. The map will be transmitted from Google directly to your browser and then integrated into the web site. I have no influence of the scope of data collected by Google in this way.

If you do not want Google to collect, process or use data about you from my web site, you can deactivate JavaScript in your browser settings, however you will not be able to use the map function.

To learn more about how Google’s data collection, its further processing and the use of data, as well as your rights and your possibilities to configure your computer settings to secure your privacy, please visit Google privacy policies for your geographic area.

INFORMATION SHARING

I may disclose personal information if required to do so by law if it is necessary to protect and defend the rights, property or personal safety of my web site visitors and customers. My Web site contains links to the site of third parties. When you visit these sites, I suggest that you read their Privacy Policies. I am not responsible for the privacy policies or content of such sites.

INFORMATION STORAGE

Information which you submit is stored on my secure server. This is necessary to process the information and send you any information you have requested. Information submitted by you may be transferred by me to my offices computers.

OTHER LEGAL NOTICES

There may be legal notices on other areas of this web site which relate to your use of the web site, all of which will, together with these web site terms govern your use of this web site.

THIRD PARTY RIGHTS

Only you and me shall be entitled to enforce these web site terms. No third party shall be entitled to enforce any of these web site terms, whether by the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 or otherwise.

ENTIRE AGREEMENT

These web site terms set out the entire agreement between you and me and supersede all prior terms, conditions, warranties and/or representations fully permitted by law.

If any of these web site terms are determined to be illegal, invalid or otherwise unenforceable because of the laws of any state or country in which these terms are intended to be effective, then to the extent and within the jurisdiction in which that term is illegal, invalid or unenforceable, it shall be severed and deleted from these terms and the remaining terms shall survive and continue to be binding and enforceable.

My failure or delay to exercise or enforce any right in these terms does not waive my right to enforce that right.

LAW, JURISDICTION AND LANGUAGE

Any matter that arise out of your use of this web site (including any contract entered between you and me through the web site) shall be governed by the laws of England and Wales and subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales. All contracts shall be concluded in English.

CHANGES TO THESE WEB SITE TERMS

I reserve the right to change and update these web site terms from time to time and recommend that you revisit this page regularly to keep informed of the current web site terms that apply to your use of the web site. By continuing to access, browse and use this web site, you will be deemed to have agreed to any changes or updates to my web site terms.