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You might be interested in the Financial Section on this site. Banks, like Building Societies, often have a restricted range of services - and are notoriously conservative when investing your money. This usually results in very low rates of return. Our financial section covers other Financial Institutions, Mortgages, Investment Consultants, Credit & Finance Companies - and Crowd Funding!

Also see below for all the Building Societies around Your Postcode with their contact details. Just click through to go to a map, street views, reviews and a link to their own websites.


Lloyds Bank

Wivenhoe Park, University Of Essex, Colchester CO4 3SQ, UK – 0345 300 0000

Small branch but good service term time. Restricted hours out of term

Friendly staff!

Lloyds Bank

40 St Christopher Rd, St Johns, Colchester CO4 0NA, UK – 0345 300 0000

Lovely little bank staff are very helpful been using this bank for years


26 High St, Colchester CO1 1DQ, UK – 0345 740 4404

I've had a huge problem with my mobile banking but after visiting this branch everything was sorted for me with completely no effort by two beautiful ladies form customer service.


Building Societies


10 Culver St W, Colchester CO1 1JG, UK – 0800 554 0601

Amazing experience every time

Saffron Building Society Colchester

12b Culver St W, Colchester CO1 1JG, UK – 01206 549278

Friendly, helpful staff. Always.

Leeds Building Society

30 High St, Colchester CO1 1DB, UK – 01206 563788

Local Chambers of Commerce for CO1 1PY. These can be an extraordinarily effective way of getting into the business community and / or getting things done. Equally they can be entirely useless depending on the chair. If they have networking events associated with them definitely go, and keep going, if you have a business that need local support. What you put in is exactly what you get out. Below is the national site. Watch this slot - it might improve!

We could not find any Councils around your location. Please click below to see full results from Google.

This link works well. If you have fly tipping, litter issues etc you can either click and enter your local authority or find it on an interactive map. The services just drop down for you.
Find the local council, MP and MEP for CO1. Type your postcode into relevant box and find details for your local councillor, MP and MEP. MPs can be extremely useful if you want a local issue aired or fixed. Get an appointment for a surgery meeting if you want to talk directly to your MP.

Councils have also become increasingly useful, business focused and lean. If you want something done think about contacting your local council or contacting your local representative. Click below to get the contact details of your representatives for the Colchester area
Find local dentists and dental practices around Colchester and CO1 1PY with location maps and contact details. The link below takes you to a vastly improved NHS site which tells you what you need to know! This includes whether they take NHS patients and lots of other useful information. You can also find out whether they do orthodontic dentistry and other complex work.

Well worth a click.

Dental Surgeries

Colchester Dental Care (formerly The Tooth Place)

12 St Botolph's St, Colchester CO2 7DU, UK – 01206 369701

I was waiting outside for them to open with chronic toothache on a Monday morning with no appointment in agony. They ushered me in upon opening and said I was welcome to wait and they would see me as soon as a slot was available. Before my behind had barely touched the seat I was whisked away and not even ten minutes later was pain free and minus an infected molar. Speedy and professional service and I am eternally grateful that I was accommodated so quickly and kindly.

Excellent Dentist..been with "The Tooth Place" for many years and watched it decline, but now there is new life and enthusiasm in the place with caring staff who are eager to accomadate the patients needs

Mile End Dental Clinic

13A Nayland Rd, Mile End, Colchester CO4 5EG, UK – 01206 752500

I am a long term client of the Mile end dental clinic and recently had to have some major work done. As always, the staff were wonderful and Arian and Esther were both very professional and caring towards me. They always made sure I was comfortable and explained the procedures in great detail. Having now finished all the treatment, I am very happy with the results and will no doubt be coming to the this surgery for many years to come! Thank you everyone, especially Alex who is always a joy to see.

Highly recommend this practice. After many years of no dental treatment I was recommended to Mile End Dental Clinic after an accident where I chipped 3 of my front teeth . Very nervous on first visit but the staff welcomed me and took great care of me. My teeth are now fixed and I am now no longer a nervous patient but a happy regular patient! Thank you so much Harry!

Prettygate Dental

306 Mersea Rd, Colchester CO2 8QY, UK – 01206 548386

I came to Prettygate dental as I had been having problems for months that my previous dentist did not resolve. Service was brilliant, the dentist gave me antibiotics which helped immediately with the pain, did a filling and referred me for wisdom tooth removal. He was knowledable and very helpful in resolving my problems. Fantastic experience after much frustration with my previous dentist. Will definitely be returning and would recommend to anyone needing a dentist in the Colchester area. Thank you prettygate dental

Very good dentist

Wimpole Road Surgery

52 Wimpole Rd, Colchester CO1 2DL, UK – 01206 794794

Found this surgery to be very good! The Receptionists are very friendly and welcoming and take time with patients. The doctors and nursing staff listen to the ailments which are troubling you and recommend different options. Have had many health problems and these have been treated well and involved specialist treatments. The one doctor I found condescending and rude was a female elder doctor who has thankfully now left. Wonderful place and the fact you can book appointments and prescriptions online makes life easier.

North Hill Surgery Dr Hochstein & Partners

18 North Hill, Colchester CO1 1DZ, UK – 01206 578070

While some of my friends and family find it difficult to find a doctor willing to listen to them and to suggest more than taking paracetamol, I found here one of the best GPs I have ever talked to. Dr. Claire Cooper always pays attention, takes one's worries seriously, listens carefully and sent me for future medical investigations every time it was the case. I think she does a brilliant job and I am happy that there are still people like her in the NHS.

Dr R Aliyar - Creffield Medical Centre

15 Cavalry Rd, Colchester CO2 7GH, UK – 01206 570371

NHS Direct is now NHS 24. Just dial 111 to speak to a professional or click the link below for there self help website. Lots of really useful info but keep clear of heart surgery! If in doubt ask your GP or call 111. Good luck.

British Gas - Breakdown & Repairs 0845 9 60 50 40

Fire - Ambulance - Police 999

Oaks Hospital

120 Mile End Rd, Mile End, Colchester CO4 5XR, UK – 01206 752121

Very nice and professional staff. Top standard care.

Unfortunately I have been here too many times in the last year or so. The staff are all very pleasant and friendly and the outpatient areas are comfortable and clean. As an inpatient my stay was very comfortable and I was well cares for. Car parking can be impossible at times however the street nearby only has restrictions between 2pm and 3pm so usually available.

Essex County Hospital

Lexden Rd, Colchester CO3 3NB, UK – 01206 747474

I would like to say thank you so much for the care I have had...second to none. Yes the car park isn't the best but they are always helpful and try to find you a space, but it's the medical care that is important to me and it's been wonderful in the eye clinic...thank you Dr Bansal...he told me what was happening the whole way through the procedure...the nurses were patient, kind, attentive...I can't say enough about everyone involved...during the procedure I had someone hold my hand the whole way through...I can't tell you how reassuring this was...it helped me to relax....I can see again, drive again....I have my life back thanks you everyone...Elizabeth Norton

Staff is very helpful, kind and professional. It was very easy to find my way and to get the instructions needed. The building is very old and historical which automatically means some renovation may be needed, but nevertheless good service.

Colchester General Hospital

Turner Rd, Colchester CO4 5JL, UK – 01206 747474

Just returned home after spending a week in ACU was admitted via A&E and ended up with a pacemaker being fitted. The treatment I received in A&E was second to none as I had AF. I was admitted to the ward and the staff are brilliant, so kind, helpful and patient. They are always so very busy, hardly stop all day but always will give you time. The night staff were also great. I was very grateful for the wonderful service I received and care I was given. Colchester Hospital is great. Thank you all so much, I'll be forever grateful to you all.

My elderly father has just had a hernia repair and the care, attention and expertise has been exceptional. The level of staff morale appears to be very good. Staff are very busy yet very helpful and kind. Many thanks to all the dedicated staff on the Elective Care and Elmstead wards and the expertise of Consultant Jo Reed and her team.

Local hospitals - community hospitals and hospitals with A&E departments for CO1 1PY.

The new NHS website below is very well worth a look. Hospitals are not only listed but evaluated. I certainly know which ones I would go to! At the very least you will know what questions to ask if you are sent to one which has not entered its data. Good luck!
Find the local Health Trust for CO1 1PY
This Parliamentary website will find MPs - just type in your postcode. It also gives details of how to contact your MP

Find Local Churches & Places of Worship

St Luke's Church

St Johns and Highwoods Community Centre, Highwoods Square, Colchester CO4 9SR, UK – 01206 598234

Friendly church meets here on Sunday mornings

Plume Avenue Church

18 Plume Ave, Colchester CO3 4PQ, UK – 01206 564154

Has an excellent preschool

St Margaret’s Church

Stansted Rd, Colchester CO2 8RA, UK – 01206 576859

St Margarets is an Anglican church. Happy, friendly family atmosphere. All are welcome, main services Sunday morning at 10am

Your local Christian churches. Click on your town/village to find churches in your area. Good and media savvy churches will give you a real feel for what sort of service to expect.
This is a brilliant site. Click to see virtually everything you are likely to need to know about the Police and crime statistics around Colchester. You can often even see a photo of your local policeman!

Crimestoppers - Call 0800 555111 or 101 for non emergency

Find Recycling Centres

Scrap Car Network

Haven Rd, Colchester CO2 8HT, UK – 0300 100 0027

Really good service. Best paid price about would use again.

Best quote I received and process so simple - car collected as agreed with minimum of fuss and hassle. Recommended

Wright Skip Hire

49 South St, Colchester CO2 7BJ, UK – 07519 319295

Excellent polite service, good price. Even informed me the day before that there maybe a problem with delivery due to adverse weather conditions. We filled the skip and Daniel returned to collect the next day and deliver us a second skip. So no hanging around. Arrived on time both visits as I said despite the adverse conditions. I would recommend Wright skips.

Excellent service. Fast, friendly and professional. Will be using again and would strongly recommend.

Autobreak Car & Metal Recycling

Haven Rd, Colchester CO2 8HT, UK – 01206 791144

Give and get free stuff. Here you will find lots of items that people are willing to give away, for FREE! This is instead of taking them to a local landfill site. The aim of this site is to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill (20.9 million tonnes of it last year in the UK) and recycling is great news for the environment.
We all know that we need to recycle more - and this is a great way of doing it.
You may prefer to go through to our Eating Out page which has a complete range of places you can go from the most economical to the most lavish.  Please CLICK HERE!

You will also find Take Aways and Pubs in this section. Enjoy!

Local Restaurants & Places to Eat around Colchester

Pizza Hut Restaurants

Turner Rise Retail Park, Turner Rd, Mile End, Colchester CO4 5JR, UK – 01206 546545

Just loved it. The restaurant was full as you would expect on a Saturday at lunch time. Staff could not be more friendly and accommodating. Service was fast and the cola endless. Two large pizzas with all the salad you can eat plus all the cola you can drink cost just over £40. Not cheap by any means but for a treat just right.

I have mixed feelings about this place. Polite and friendly staff. Shame it doesn't really match the food and cleanliness. Have always come of a lunchtime regularly. I always have the lunch meal deal and always found the pizzas to be quite dry and not really very appealing. Very basic. The salad is the best bit. Staff seem to really catch up oncr customers finish and leave to get tables cleaned and prepared for the next customer. Find they do struggle when its busy.


11-13 Head St, Colchester CO1 1NX, UK – 01206 760344

Very nice tasting and experience. I went for lunch with my nephew and we had a delicous lunch meals. The service is fantastic and the waitresses are very polite, helpful, cheerful and professionals.

+ good food, great place, always very helpful and serve good and authentic food. - incredibly crowded and almost always a line to have a table.

Pizza Express

Victoria Chambers, 1 St Runwald St, Colchester CO1 1HF, UK – 01206 760680

Latest update: Persuaded to go as son wanted to for his birthday. Was seated after 10-15 minutes, and enjoyed a lovely meal. As you can see from my below initial review, customer service can be a bit hit and miss. First review: After being left at the door like a tool for 10 minutes (granted, it was busy) with two children close to crying, the waitress tried to seat the group behind me, then said she'd try and fit us in. There were 4 tables vacant at this stage, and when asked if I'd booked (I hadn't, fair enough) the tone changed to condescension. The real kicker was 'I can seat you in 40 minutes?' with small kids who have clearly already passed the threshold of their short patience?!? She seemed surprised when we immediately left.

Bit pricey for a small town, although their pizzas are fantastic

Nursery and Preschools

St Stephen's Pre-school

St Stephen's Church Centre, Canterbury Rd, Colchester CO2 7RY, UK – 07534 911918

The preschool is very welcoming and the team is friendly and hospitable. The kids have fun and have many hands on activities. I love to receive mail/photos/videos about his weekly tasks. Many thanks for your support and patience.

The Beeches Pre School

136 St Andrew's Ave, Colchester CO4 3AQ, UK – 01206 866615

Is a good school for your young child to go to

St Johns Green Playgroup

32 St John's Green, Colchester CO2 7HE, UK – 07704 515416

It's a great atmosphere here the children love it.. and kind of nice that it's a school Class room as makes them familiar with a school setting

Primary and Secondary Schools

Friar's Grove Primary School

Upland Dr, Colchester CO4 0PZ, UK – 01206 843683

Family and family friends have attended this school which has given a solid grounding for senior schools and a good level of achievement. Good staff and a nice environment.

Public & Preparatory Schools

St Mary's School

91 Lexden Rd, Colchester CO3 3RB, UK – 01206 572544

Brilliant school exceptionally well run with dedicated teachers. Maintaining high standards of learning and fully appropriate behaviour in a modern world. My daughter had and now my grand daughters also will benefit from this experience. Thank you, St Mary's.

Oxford House School & Nursery

Colchester CO3 3NE, UK – 01206 576686

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