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Website changes

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Regular visitors to the website will have noticed two significant changes, Cookie Control and Accessibility.

Cookie control

In April of this year, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) issued clarification for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on how cookies should be controlled, as follows.

Website users must be given the choice as to which cookies they accept or decline, this is referred to as explicit, granular, consent. It is no longer sufficient for web sites to display a notice along the lines “By continuing to browse this website you are consenting to our use of cookies”. You will probably come across a number of websites still carrying this type of notice, but they are not complying with current data protection requirements. Some sites don’t even have a cookie notice!

This is why, when you visit the Club’s website, you will initially see a notice which gives you the option of accepting all cookies,  selecting those that you do accept, or rejecting all. The default setting is to have all cookies declined. Our website does not use a large number of cookies, but you still have the choice. Our Cookie Policy explains in more detail the types and functions of the cookies used on our website.

For the Brexiteers amongst you, although this directive is from the EDPB an equivalent will be written into UK data protection law. So nothing will change.


The second change is to make the website more accessible to users who may have reduced visual ability.

You will see a square button with the universally recognised accessibility symbol, shown above, on the right-hand side of the web pages. Clicking on this gives you a number of options such as increasing font size, changing the contrast etc.

Give it a go, you won’t break the web page.

Work is on-going to add information that can be used by text to audio screen readers. This is what is meant by “Readable font” in the slide-out panel, which changes the text to a format that can be read by screen readers. At the moment, the text can be read but descriptions still have to be added behind each graphic element.

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