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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.

Banks

NatWest

25 High St, Colchester CO1 1DG, UK – 0345 788 8444

This is what you call a back with great customer service. My partner has just opened an account here and he said to me why don't i come with him to an appointment. I went along and WOW. Customer service and interaction with customers is just fab. I am with another bank at present who are also really good. Its nice to see banks that actually care. Well done :)

The staff are very helpful. They know all of their regular customers. It has recently been totally transformed and queuing for a long time is a thing of the past. Its very easy to get information.

HSBC

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

nice branch and staff are helpful when they're not busy. can do with more staff at busy times

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.

Lloyds Bank

Boundary Rd, Colchester CO4 3SQ, UK – 0345 300 0000

Small branch but good service term time. Restricted hours out of term. Update 9/5/18 - Now found out closing for good leaving just one bank at University Colchester campus

Not very good at times plus for any major question they just advise you to go to the main branch!

Building Societies

Saffron Building Society Colchester

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

Friendly, helpful staff. Always.

Nationwide

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

Good trustworthy place

Amazing experience every time

The Co-operative Bank - Colchester

Albert Hall Building, High St, Colchester CO1 1JW, UK

Very helpful staff

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 had to have a tooth extracted today which I have spent all week fretting about! Turns out I needn't have worked myself up and been so worried as the dentist was fantastic! Both the dentist and nurse were very aware of my anxiety and were absolutely lovely, caring and attentive. All of the staff here are always so friendly. It makes my dentist visits so much easier.

excellent service and professional dentist. very pleased with the service provided by dentist. dentist is very thorough with exceptionally calm attitude and has a lovely smile which made me more relaxed. always ready to fit me in when i am in pain. overall thumps up and do recommend to all.

North Hill Dental

46 N Hill, Colchester CO1 1PY, UK – 01206 577912

I'm a new patient here and I found the practice both professional and friendly. Appointments are easy to book online and I found that I didn't have to wait too far in advance to receive/book a treatment. There seems to be a few dentists based here - I had Mr Ellis who was informative and straight to the point. Highly recommend!

This place is great. The receptionists are ultra helpful and pleasant. Same with the dental assistants. And my dentist is excellent, fast and my procedures were all super comfortable.

NHS Chesterfields Dental Surgery

Layer Rd, Colchester CO2 9LA, UK – 01206 570381

Brilliant had a child with autism and they were fab 😊

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.

Wimpole Road Surgery

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

I've had excellent and thorough care from the GPs I've seen at Wimpole Road Surgery.

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.

Dr S Senthilnathan - Mill Road Surgery

47 Mill Rd, Mile End, Colchester CO4 5LE, UK – 01206 845900

Very pleasant visit to Dr Sumitha, she took time to listen to my knee problem ,examined carefullu and explained the causes and gave proper instructions. Changed my opinion on nhs.

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

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Essex County Hospital

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

They saved my life, so I would give them 10 stars if I could!

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.

The Lakes Mental Health Hospital

Turner Rd, Mile End, Colchester CO4 5JL, UK – 01206 228712

I've done several stints of rehab here and whilst the later hospital is more locked down, clinical treatment is good and if you are scared, violent and have to be restrained, this is done with the minimum force, no deliberate brutality. It's cheaper than The Priory, so if you've gone on a trip you can't get yourself down from, ring their number and ask to speak with a crisis team or ask your GP to refer you. It can be very scary due to the nature of patients being emotionally disturbed. My only gripe is there is understaffing and presumably the pay isn't great for the staff so they need longer hours, which doesn't help this most highly stressed situation. Another problem I've encountered is issues surrounding section paperwork. You are entitled to legal representation and advocacy if you are to be held in a rehab facility against your will, this is not always forthcoming. Worst still patients under section have been asked to sign other paperwork, including adoption forms, immigration, criminal confession and other life changing issues when they are legally not in the capability to sign them. Essex Social Services are the most regular breakers of that law and this needs to be exposed. That said, there's a good community spirit among the patients/inmates (if it's got locks it's by definition a prison) , and great chances to learn from each other as well as the excellent staff and community volunteers of all grades. You can learn a lot there, it would be a good place to learn about mental health and Anglia Ruskin University has used the facility in in-work training schemes for nurses and doctors.

Oaks Hospital

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

I went to this hospital few days ago and I received an outstanding service. The nurses are very sympathetic and ready to help you for any problem. Compliments!

Just been in the oak for postrate surgery with Mr sam datta this place rocks it's perfect in every way possible the nurses are fantastic along with all the admin and catering foods amazing ok down to Mr sam datta the man is top in his game got me in and done in under 2 weeks can't thank the man enoght after been in left waiting for months on the nhs with a catheter fitted not nice so a big thank you to all at the oaks and a big thank you to Mr sam datta

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 John's Orthodox Church

Military Rd, Colchester CO1 2AP, UK – 01394 273820

Beautiful choral singing and liturgy in three languages (English, Slavonic and Romanian). There are beautiful icons and a unique atmosphere. Very nice people and an unmissable experience. Members of the congregation don't say anything during prayers or liturgy. It is normal to stand for the duration of the service, but there are some chairs if you need to sit down. Sunday services normally start at 10am. The church is only open during services.

Built during the Crimea War as a temporary church for the garrison in Colchester, it has been kept standing ever since. Now houses a Russian Orthodox congregation

Colchester Seventh-day Adventist Church

N Station Rd, Colchester CO1 1RB, UK – 01206 760229

Great Atmosphere

Amazing experience

St James the Less and St Helen Catholic Church

51 Priory St, Colchester CO1 2QB, UK – 01206 866317

Welcoming church. Traditional

It has very nice stained glass windows. However, can get cold in the winter and the pews are not very comfortable.

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

Appliance Care Recycling

Haven Rd, Colchester C02 8HT, UK – 01206 793299

Our family have bought six appliances from this company and they are brilliant

Great staff!

E.B.L Metal Merchants

25 Davey Cl, Colchester CO1 2XL, UK – 070 9306 6097

I can give them all my metals for recycling and they're a good bunch of lads. Thanks very much!

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

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

Na-Ree Thai Restaurant

10 North Hill, Colchester CO1 1DZ, UK – 01206 560633

Superb, Thai food! The pork laarb was particularly good and the service was speedy and friendly. The restaurant is a little cramped but in terms of value for money you'll rarely come across a better deal.

The food is exceptional here. I would highly recommend the Tom yum soup. Lovely customer service too.

Middletons Steakhouse and Grill Colchester

19-20 North Hill, Colchester CO1 1DZ, UK – 01206 542854

Food was really good- couldn't fault it and didn't want to stop eating. Good value for money. I had the mushroom Wellington- amazing! However, service was not great. The first half of the table had finished their starters before the second half got theirs. Took a long time for plates to be cleared and also to get the bill. All mistakes remedied with lots of apologies given- it was his first day to be fair! They did take very good care of our disabled party member to their credit. I'm giving it 5 stars as I wouldn't hesitate to go back as the quality of food made up for the service.

Very good pricing. Very good atmosphere. Very good food! We've been coming for a few times and not had any problems. Definitely recommend booking on the off chance they are packed.

Aburi Japanese Restaurant

19 Short Wyre St, Colchester CO1 1LN, UK – 01206 769226

Nice relaxed atmosphere. Had a Rahman, my verdict, excellent. Staff friendly and polite. Well worth the visit. Next time in Colchester, will pay a return visit.

Fantastic food and service. Probably some of the best Japanese food I've had in the UK so far. Do note it might be a bit on the pricey side.

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

King's Ford Infant School and Nursery

Gloucester Ave, Colchester CO2 9AZ, UK – 01206 574524

That used to be my old school and the reason why I think it is ok is because I got bullied there a lot.

Primary and Secondary Schools

St John's Green Primary School (Yrs 2-4)

38 St John's Green, Colchester CO2 7HE, UK – 01206 500047

Better then Hamilton

Fantastic school

Kingswode Hoe School

18 Sussex Rd, Colchester CO3 3QJ, UK – 01206 576408

This school has been the best all the staff ask how you are there very caring and on trips protected BEST SCHOOL EVER!!!!!πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜ŽπŸ˜†πŸ˜†β˜Ί

i go to this school and i love it the best and all the staff are very kind and they will always ask how you are

St Mary's School

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

An amazing school. I love it loads

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.

Public & Preparatory Schools

Colchester High School & Nursery

15 Wellesley Rd, Colchester CO3 3HD, UK – 01206 573389

Colchester High School recognises and celebrates the brilliance of each individual child. Staff really care about the children and academically they help pupils to grow in confidence while challenging them to be the best they can. The site is a typical town centre venue so doesn’t have the spacious surroundings, grounds or parking of some private schools, but look past this and you will find a hidden gem of a school. My kids love it!

My daughter recently started at the High School in Reception and I can already see a difference in her- she’s so much more confident in herself and her academic progress has been remarkable. The staff have been very welcoming and the communication with parents is first class. The children are being given a really well rounded education and my daughter always comes home with lots of positive stories about her friends and the things she has learnt. I highly recommend this school!

Colchester High School (Sixth Form)

28A Creffield Rd, Colchester CO3 3HY, UK

Loved it

Monkwick Infant School & Nursery

School Rd, Colchester CO2 8NN, UK – 01206 573849

Very good over all. However had problems with bullying that the school refused to help with so had to talk to the child's parents myself to stop it.

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Gas Transco

0800 111999

British Gas Breakdown & Repairs

0845 9 60 50 40
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