How we use cookies and other tracking tools

The law states that we can store cookies on your device if they are strictly necessary for the operation of this site. For all other types of cookies, we need your permission.

A cookie is a small piece of text that is placed on your computer by a website owner.  It’s a text file (a string of letters and numbers) which identifies your individual computer and the site that put it on your machine.

On your first visit to a website, a cookie may be downloaded to your computer.  The next time you go back to that site, your machine checks to see if it has been there before (by looking at its cookies) and lets the site know.  

This can be very useful if you want the site to remember that you searched for “National Fruit Show date”, for instance, as it can then show you such information again this time without you needing to ask.  

On the other hand, you may not want to leave a digital footprint in this way, in which case cookies are an inconvenience at best.  

EU privacy laws, which apply in the UK, require website owners to obtain consent to store cookies on their visitors' internet enabled devices - such as smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers.  The regulation aims to provide you more control over the data collected by the websites you visit.

We use cookies to personalise content and adverts, to provide social media features and to analyse our traffic. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners who may combine it with other information that you’ve provided to them or that they’ve collected from your use of their services.

In line with the spirit of data protection legislation, Marden Fruit Show Society keeps the use of cookies to a minimum.  Here is a list of the cookies we use.




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When you use a hotel’s cloakroom, you are given a ticket that lets you get your coat back at the end of the night without needing to give your name.  

In the same way, this cookie is a string of 32 letters and numbers that collects no personal information about you, but it lets us identify you (without any personal information changing hands) while you browse the site.  

Expires when the user’s browser is closed



A Cross Site Request Forgery (CSRF) could happen when you have picked up a bug from a malicious website (one designed to scam you) which then goes on to make your browser perform an unwanted action (like buying something from a store site) for the malicious site owner on another legitimate site.  

An XSRF token is a code that makes sure any such requests you make to this site are from you, and not from anywhere else.  If the request can’t produce the token, it’s not fulfilled.

It’s a bit like having to show a second piece of identification when you want to open a bank account, except this happens in the background so it’s no inconvenience

Expires when the user’s browser is closed

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