Website Cookies and Privacy Notice



This is the website cookies and privacy notice for, hereafter referred to as the “Website”.


This notice supplements the Managing Trustees’ Privacy Notice, the privacy notice for Local Churches, Circuits and Districts within the Methodist Church in Great Britain and The Methodist Church in Britain privacy policy and should be read in conjunction with them. In the event of any conflict, the above linked notice and policy take precedence.

Who we are

We are volunteers, managing the Website on behalf of The Drive Methodist Church, based at 268 Clifton Drive South, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, FY8 1LH. Our Website address is

Details of governance and structure of the Methodist Church are given in the Managing Trustees’ Privacy Notice and The Methodist Church in Britain privacy policy.

Contact Details

For Website privacy queries please contact the webmaster, Ray Brown, by selecting “Webmaster” in the “For Attention Of” section of the Contact Us form. For all other privacy queries and escalation of website privacy queries please use the contact details given in the Managing Trustees’ Privacy Notice.

Technical Details

The Website is hosted by Privacy policy

The Website runs using WordPress software.

The Website uses a number of WordPress plugins including:

JetPack – Automattic Privacy Notice and Privacy Policy.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


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.

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: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


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 forms

You should not enter private or confidential information in the contact form.

All data you enter into the Website contact form is sent to the webmaster initially, via email. It is also stored on the WordPress server hosted by Website administrators can see that data. That data may be retained indefinitely unless you contact us and request us to delete it.

The webmaster will forward the email containing data entered into the Website contact form to the member of the Church committee who can best respond to it. In some cases, that email (or data within it) may be forwarded to other individuals or organisations for the purpose of providing a response.


If you leave a comment on the Website 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 the Website, 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.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on the Website 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.

How long we retain your data

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

For users that register on the Website (if any), we 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 rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

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

Facebook Feed

The Website makes use of Facebook API to receive public data for facebook feed. You may request us to delete your Facebook data if it is accidentally cached in the Website database with feed data. Facebook may track visitors. Facebook is regulated under terms of Facebook Privacy Policy