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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

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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The Co-operative Bank PLC

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

WOW. What a great bank and great service. I defiently recommend coming here. Very helpful and will go out of their way to help you. 1 to 1 service is fantastic and felt very welcomed. Having bad experiences with my previous bank, they understood my situation and actually had all the time in the world for me. If you ever need a new bank or a change, come here. You won't be disappointed.

Never had anything but great service.

NatWest

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

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.

The bank closes at 3.30pm not 4pm as stated the on website on Saturdays!

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

Amazing experience every time

Leeds Building Society

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

Local Chambers of Commerce for CO2 9LX. 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 CO2. 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 CO2 9LX 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

The Art Of Dentistry

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

Fantastic dental surgery. Staff are professional, courteous and do their utmost to make your visit a positive experience. A. Marshall in particular is wonderful. She was thorough, professional and friendly. Highly recommend.

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

I am so pleased I found this dental surgery. Everyone from the receptionists to the dental surgeons are so friendly and professional and for the first time in a while I am happy to return to the same practice knowing they will do the very best for me. I would definitely recommend North Hill dental practice (& have recently done so).

This is best by far the best Dental Surgery in all of ESSEX. The Staff are friendly & actually have a great sense of humour, they are not "Stuffy or Devoid" of their Clients feelings & their Bedside Manner is perfect if, like me, you are terrified of the Dentist. You will deffinately want to go back for more surgery without the fear. Lay back, relax & they do the rest. It's better than having a "Spa Day". Thank you guys for giving me my Courage back, see you soon.

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.

Ambrose Avenue Group Practice

76 Ambrose Ave, Colchester CO3 4LN, UK – 01206 549444

I've always had a good experience with the surgery, with making appointments and also repeat prescriptions. I've made a few mistakes like forgetting to order things and sometimes needing to be seen at a particular time or at short notice and I've found that the staff have really tried to help. I'd also say that my GP Dr Rassell has been great, she's always listened to my concerns, has been kind and helpful and has always made follow up referrals for me.

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.

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

Essex County Hospital

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

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.

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

Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust

H P F T, Elm Ridge, Colchester CO3 4DB, UK – 01206 366653

Breast Screening Chelmsford & Colchester Service

Essex County Hospital, Essex Rivers Healthcare N H S Trust, Lexden Rd, Colchester CO3 3NB, UK – 01206 744749

Local hospitals - community hospitals and hospitals with A&E departments for CO2 9LX.

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 CO2 9LX
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

Kingsland Church

86 London Rd, Colchester CO3 9DW, UK – 01206 508948

Absolutely brilliant! Cafe open every day, above Aldi. Good food, great company!

It's an amazing place to go, the cafe sells amazing food trust me I done 2 week work experience and the staff are amazing they make you feel really welcoming. Even if you have loads of homework or work things to do the cafe is an amazing place to sit and do it, it's calm and friendly.

Wimpole Road Methodist Church

47 Wimpole Rd, Colchester CO1 2DL, UK – 01206 793888

Friendly, welcoming people in this church :-)

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

Colchester Recycling Centre for household waste

Maldon Rd, Colchester CO3 4RN, UK

Helpful staff. Always seems to be busy with lots of cars but usually I can find a spot to pull into. With staff assistance the job is done in no time and I'm ready to move on.

If you are lucky and time it just right you can have a quick visit.. otherwise be prepared to queue for ages. Why not change the parking layout so people have to reverse in at an angle to the skips, it would mean so many more cars could fit in. Often spaces at the top end of the facility but people tend to wait for spaces as they enter so queues tend to be longer than necessary. Why not have someone directing traffic?

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

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

just ordered several dishes adapted for vegans. It was delicious and fresh tasting. Staff were very friendly too. Thank you

Really helpful and friendly staff, good value tasty food, and they even cater for gluten free (with lots of choice) - what's not to love?!

Il Padrino Restaurant

11 Church St, Colchester CO1 1NF, UK – 01206 366699

Don't be fooled by an uninspiring exterior, once in (provided you've booked at peak times), you will not be disappointed. The quirky layout over 3 floors varying hugely in ambience all add to the charm of this Italian restaurant. Food served was piping hot, well presented and delicious. Service was quick and staff were attentive. Although Italian this is not a pizzeria, so go elsewhere for that!

Yes, another true and authentic Italian restaurant in Colchester - love it. Food is real, authentic Italian with real Italian ingredients and way of cooking. Atmosphere is lovely and staff is even better. Cook is delightful and kind. Will absolutely come back. Highly recommend to those who wish to experience authentic and real Italian food.

Aburi Japanese Restaurant

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

Food was fresh & well presented. Service was excellent; very attentive. As newbies to sushi we asked for recommendations, very happy with the advice we received. Loved the fact we weren't 'rushed' out of the restaurant despite it being past closing .

Not generally a fan of sushi but quite enjoyed this Japanese cuisine. Great to see a different type of food come to the town. I hope it remains popular so it doesn't come and go.

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

Cheeky Monkeys Day Nursery & Pre School

83 Sheepen Rd, Colchester CO3 3LF, UK – 01206 560814

Primary and Secondary Schools

St John's Green Primary School (Yrs F,1,5&6)

Abbey Field, 5 Circular Rd East Lower, Colchester CO2 7SZ, UK – 01206 762884

I am in Year 6 at this school now (2017) and I'm about to do my SATs. The staff are so kind and caring, alot better than hamilton or any primary school in Colchester to be honest. A great primary school!

Both our children attend SJG and my son will leave the school this year having spent all of his primary education at it. The Headteacher and his Team have never been anything but professional and approachable throughout our children’s education. There is a clear respect that runs from throughout. Parents are kept updated at all times, office staff are always happy to help and the ethos of the school shines through. Our one experience of bullying was swiftly dealt with and never reoccurred. The pre and after school clubs are very useful for working parents and run very well. I am very confident that as time goes on and the school continues to grow there are only good things to come. If this isn’t yet the best Primary School in Colchester it’s certainly one of them.

Saint James' Primary School

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

I go to this school I'm in year 2

I like the school the teachers are very nice

Montgomery Infant School and Nursery

Baronswood Way, Colchester CO2 9QG, UK – 01206 570231

The best school in all Essex !!!

Public & Preparatory Schools

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.

Colchester High School & Nursery

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

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!

At the time of writing my son is in the reception class at Colchester High School and my daughter is in the nursery. I cannot fault this school and am genuinely grateful for all it has done so far to help my kids, particularly my son settle into their education. Children are seen as individuals here and the teaching is excellent with full differentiation to ensure each child reaches their potential academically. There is also a strong emphasis on sport starting from nursery age which my two absolutely thrive on. With its quirky array of somewhat charming Victorian buildings that lay home to so many wonderful staff and students, the school is a very welcoming place. I feel as though my family are part of a warm and friendly community that will always do its best to guide our kids through the most impressionable years of their life. A positive buzz runs though the school at all times and from what I can see, this stems from the school’s ability to create happy confident kids with good values. The interaction between different year groups is a lovely thing to see. At the school disco, my four year old son was chatting to a group of eight year olds. They all know each other and are all friends! A great place :)

Colchester High School (Sixth Form)

28A Creffield Rd, Colchester CO3 3HY, UK

Loved it

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