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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

The Co-operative Bank PLC

156D High St, Colchester CO1 1JW, UK – 0845 721 2212

Never had anything but great service.

Barclays Bank

1 Cotman Rd, Colchester CO3 4QJ, UK – 0345 734 5345

Can be very busy around lunchtime. Very handy for out of town banking.

HSBC

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.

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Building Societies

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

Nationwide

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

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!
Colchester Borough Council

Town Hall, Colchester CO1 1FR, UK – 01206 282222

I go here to collect my parcels they are always helpful!!

Colchester Borough Council

Rowan House, 33 Sheepen Rd, Colchester CO3 3WG, UK – 01206 282222

Saw a property that required renovating and extending for our private use. Went to Rowan House, unannounced, and had a short meeting with one of the officers, which proved very helpful. I purchased the property, had plans submitted. Everything went smoothly and any comments were of a constructive theme. A pleasing experience.

HM Revenue & Customs

14 Headgate, Colchester CO3 3BS, UK – 0843 504 0633

Took some time on hold but I phoned during a busy time. Once through to an adviser she sorted my problem in 2 minutes.

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

The Art Of Dentistry

3 The Avenue, Colchester CO3 3PA, UK – 01206 574011

Great dentists and a great service. Highly recommend for a first class service.

North Hill Dental

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

Everyone who helped me at this dental office was super friendly and personable. I am in Washington state temporarily for the summer and chipped a veneer. I was scared my fake tooth might come out and it's scary being thousands of miles away from my home dentist. This dentist was incredible--despite me being from out of state and this being my first visit, Dr. McIntosh was extremely helpful--not at all trying to rush me in and out. He answered all of my questions and heard out all of my concerns, very reassuring. Thanks for doing a great job on stabilizing my tooth and giving me a great dentist experience!

Excellent service as usual. I particularly appreciate knowing that there is no pressure at all to have additional or unnecessary work done. How refreshing to come away having paid only the basic check-up fee and to be told everything is looking fine. A Kavanagh

The Smile Clinic

39 St Botolph's St, Colchester CO2 7EA, UK – 01206 767471

I love my dentist !! He has restored my faith and makes me feel relaxed. Takes time to explain every thing and is a dab hand at extractions !!! Busy practice and lovely staff. The new receptionist is very calm under stressful situations with the public and is very helpful.

Best dentist i have ever been too. Hygienist Jo is Brilliant, very gentle. Everyone there is 1st rate

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.

Mill Road Surgery

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

Having an autistic child is so hard for the child & his loving parents but I cannot praise this surgery & Dr Carpenter enough. Her patience, understanding, support & help is outstanding. She truely is one of the best GP's I've ever had the pleasure to meet. Well done & a massive thank you from our hearts.

i should say so helpful, thanks for all of staff

Parsons Heath Medical Practice

35A Parsons Heath, Colchester CO4 3HS, UK – 01206 864395

The staff are always polite and helpful. I get appointments quickly and I feel that the level of care I have received is always excellent. They explain procedures in a clear and concise way. When I need letters they have them done within 48h. I have seen the team deal with difficult people in a polite and professional manner. If you are kind to the staff they are so wonderful to you. Please and Thank you go a long way.

They've changed it so you can no longer get appointments on the day and they'll always try and do a consultation over the phone. Good staff though and very friendly

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

Colchester General Hospital

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

I have not had any major issues here. The staff do the best they can with ever decreasing resources and increasing pressures.

We always find it easy to complain, but find it even easier not to give praise when it is due. I recently was admitted to the Surgical Assessment Unit and then transferred to Mersea Ward, I received the most amazing care and treatment, the doctors, nurses and domestic staff in both wards were absolutely lovely and apart from that noticeable fact that they are so extremely busy, I don't know how they keep going, but they do and full credit to their commitment and professionalism. My husband bought them some chocolates, (he must of been impressed as he doesn't buy me chocolates!), please please pass on these deserved words to the staff on those two units mentioned. Thank you Kindly Julie Reilly

Oaks Hospital

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

Very nice and professional staff. Top standard care.

This place looks and feels like a premium hospital (very clean), I went here for a gastroscopy, the staff here are great and professional, the process took a while to go through and there was a wait, but thats because i was referred here instead of being a member (as such) as it tooks a few weeks to get the actual gastroscopy appointment. The gastroscopy appointment itself was fine, they know exactly what there doing and was glad to be referred here. Also the parking was free, which is always a bonus, specially as I never carry change with me.

The Lakes Mental Health Hospital

132 Turner Rd, Mile End, Colchester CO4 5JT, 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.

Very good

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

Castle Methodist Church

Maidenburgh St, Colchester CO1 1TT, UK – 01206 572061

Very friendly place.

St John's Orthodox Church

Military Rd, Colchester CO1, UK – 01394 273820

Orthodox Christian church. English, Russian, and Romanian speaking.

The way to the God!

St James the Less and St Helen Catholic Church

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

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

I have been to Mass here many times

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

Great staff!

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

Autobreak

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

Amazing service. They were able to help and support me. They were pro-active and they really dealt with the situation, I was pretty impressed I must say. I would highly recommend them.

Didn't have my part. Told me where to check. Good honest advice.

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

Sloppy Joe's American Bar & Restaurant

37 High St, Colchester CO1 1DH, UK – 01206 577229

Large, filling plates. The menu is simple but broad offering a full selection of American type dishes. The pasta is amazing having great full taste.

Good service, didn't need to wait long for food, good price was expecting more from the food, it was ok but didn't blow me away.

Noodle Zone Restaurant

19-21 Crouch St, Colchester CO3 3EN, UK – 01206 575111

The food here is really really good. I am not even joking. I really like the Malaysian food! Highly recommend Nasi Lemak or their Malaysian set meal if you want to try the Malaysian food👍🏿

We keep returning here and will keep doing so again. They do a very reasonable lunch deal and if you don't want to walk into town, or take a bus, you can finish (if you want) within the 30 minutes that you can park outside (if there is a space). The takeaways are just as good and all the family like to see what there is to eat here. The service is friendly and I see us returning over and over again.

Memoirs Restaurant and Cocktail Bar

W Stockwell St, Colchester CO1, UK – 01206 562400

Amazing food. Really tasty. Portions well served. Nice costumer service. Brilliant vegetarian lasagna and salmon. Starters were just wonderful: king prawns. Environment a little empty, wich can be uncomfortable if you want to have a normal chat.

I was taken here for my birthday had a lovely meal. Can't wait to visit again.

Nursery and Preschools

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

Lexden Montessori

5 Oxford Rd, Colchester CO3 3HN, UK – 01206 760863

I love Lexden Montessori, I worked here! It is a fun, loving environment that feels like home. The Montessori approach is incredible & truly gives children a great start in life.

Having visited various nurseries in the area I can honestly say that in my opinion Lexden Montessori offer a incredibly high quality level of care at a suprisingly affordable price.

Chestnut House Kindergarten

45 Mill Rd, Mile End, Colchester CO4 5LE, UK – 01206 838900

Very professional and friendly staff members. Kids have a lot of activities there and they love it!

Primary and Secondary 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.

Saint James' Primary School

Guildford Rd, Colchester CO1 2RA, UK – 01206 865747

I like the school the teachers are very nice

I used to go here and I loved it😀😀

Colchester High School & Nursery

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

My son in currently attending and my daughter starts in September. Kate, the admissions co-ordinator is faultless in her job as are the other staff I have met so far. My son is very happy there and his confidence has really improved which means more than any reviews or opinions. I would recommend this school to anyone.

Our only experience of independent education, having been very happy with state in the past. We wanted a secondary school that would celebrate and value the individual in our child. The surroundings were of little interest, we are not aspirational or social climbers who need a fancy setting. Also we were not prepared to submit our 11 year old to a life of commuting to Ipswich. We were looking for dedicated staff and a place for our son to breathe, grow and shine. We found it and feel it was one of our best decisions in parenting. I would not have sent a daughter there, St Mary's would have provided the same for them, but we feel our son's talents and abilities have been noted ,encouraged and realised . As he prepares to leave after 5 years,he is a credit to us and the school.

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.

Colchester High School & Nursery

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

My son in currently attending and my daughter starts in September. Kate, the admissions co-ordinator is faultless in her job as are the other staff I have met so far. My son is very happy there and his confidence has really improved which means more than any reviews or opinions. I would recommend this school to anyone.

Our only experience of independent education, having been very happy with state in the past. We wanted a secondary school that would celebrate and value the individual in our child. The surroundings were of little interest, we are not aspirational or social climbers who need a fancy setting. Also we were not prepared to submit our 11 year old to a life of commuting to Ipswich. We were looking for dedicated staff and a place for our son to breathe, grow and shine. We found it and feel it was one of our best decisions in parenting. I would not have sent a daughter there, St Mary's would have provided the same for them, but we feel our son's talents and abilities have been noted ,encouraged and realised . As he prepares to leave after 5 years,he is a credit to us and the school.

Oxford House School & Nursery

Colchester CO3 3NE, UK – 01206 576686

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Local social service agencies for CO1 1PY with contact details and location maps

Gas Transco

0800 111999

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0845 9 60 50 40
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