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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.

Op

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.

Metro bank

High St, Colchester CO1 1JT, UK – 020 3402 7950

My daughter wanted to open a bank account and so we popped into Colchesters branch of Metro to open her first account (she's 10). Abi, talked through the options and various accounts with such clarity and ease my daughter understood everything. Account opened without any fuss and smiles all round... and then things turned from a great experience to an unbelievable experience....Having turned 10 (& 3 days!) the entire staff sang her happy birthday and along with the goodie bag that's given out for new accounts a Birthday card and Cake were also given. This is NOT the average service from a bank and sets a new standard which others should explore. Thank you Colchester Metro and thank you Abi for your help.

Great service

Building Societies

Nationwide

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 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.
Click link to see YOUR Council Contact details. Just enter your postcode
See how your local council works and how to get in touch.
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

North Hill Dental

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

This dental practice has been excellent throughout the process of diagnosing and treating gum disease, fitting implants and (now) maintenance and hygiene. All the dental, nursing, hygienist and reception staff are very nice to deal with. They are always happy to explain the treatment and to do as much on the NHS as possible, as well as clearly laying out the different options. Recommended.

I have been a client of the North hill practice for over 20 years and have seen many dentist come and go but I have always been well looked after. My appointment this time was 20 minutes late so it would be helpful if the receptionist could inform the client if the dentist is running late, I often have another appointment afterwards. I also managed to get a hygienist appointment the next day so that was great, Hannah was very professional. Thank you all.

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.

I'm the most scared (child-traumatised) patient you could ever meet. Had to have a wisdom tooth out and our new dentist from Portugal was amazing. He was funny caring and understanding which for me goes a long long way. I've been a patient at The Tothplacr for years and highly recommend this dentist, it's a hidden gem

Straight Road Dental Practice

118 Straight Rd, Colchester CO3 9DJ, UK – 01206 769695

Have found customer service and clinical service to be top notch.

Dentists

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.

S.I.McKenzie & Associates

54 Wimpole Rd, Colchester CO1 2DL, UK – 01206 796326

What a wonderful experience; I never though that I'd say that about Dentists! Mr McKenzie and his staff made me feel very welcome and an introduction to painless dentistry that i never thought possible. Do't go anywhere else for your teeth my family certainly wont.

Very good, fix my bad tooth would recommend!

Prettygate Dental

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

Very good dentist

The staff were a gd laugh and knew that I was nervous, everything went perfectly and now my teeth are straighter and whiter 10/10

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.

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.

North Hill Surgery Dr Baldwin & 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.

Click for local doctors - see contact details and location maps.
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

Great character on the car park under pressure but still very helpful,x-ray department very fredly sometimes this is all it takes.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Very nice people good old historical hospital

Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust

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

Lexden Hospital

London Rd, Colchester CO3 4DB, UK – 01206 366653

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

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

272 Straight Rd, Colchester CO3 9DX, UK – 01206 761222

Very lovely and friendly Christians.

Very friendly people and a welcoming atmosphere.

Catholic Church of St Teresa of Lisieux

16 Clairmont Rd, Colchester CO3 9BE, UK – 01206 576898

God is there.

Kingsland Church

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

Best local church and community area around

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.

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

Iโ€™m sorry but I cannot understand the bad reviews for this place. The staff are incredibly friendly and courteous. They helped me carry stuff. They took stuff off me to put it in the right place. I witnessed an incident of a staff member being verbally abused for asking someone to use the correct bin and he was still really polite to the bloke. Canโ€™t compliment the staff enough.

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

Excellent food, eat in or take out, well priced too. Not many Thai restaurants come close, we aren't local but often collect when we are in Colchester it's that good. If you eat in the staff are nice too! The spicy salads are worth a try.

Firstly, the food is just amazing and so are the staff, however it's so cold in there! We had a yellow curry and a green curry, both tasted so fresh and clean/healthy, plenty of rice too. The layout of the food was very nice as well, the curries were kept very hot by a candle underneath, my rice came in a china bowl with a lid and my girlfriends just in bowl. The only reason I knock i star off is because it's so cold inside, I know it's an old building but at least turn the heating on. It does affect the whole dining experience, I was too cold to take my jacket off and had no desire to stay after we'd finished. We paid and went off to a warm bar for few drinks instead. Despite this I would still recommend this as the Thai restaurant to go to just down to the quality and taste of the food.

Nando's

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

Good atmos good food and friendly staff

Fantastic place nice vibe good food lovely staff

Aburi Japanese Restaurant

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

We love this restaurant and have been visiting since it first opened. But with 3 young kids we really don't get to eat out very often so when Aburi started doing delivery, hubby and I are over the moon. Yes, it's not the cheapest but Japanese food is often more expensive in this country. Nice generous portions and very authentic taste (I am oriental so I should know). If you eat in, the service is always very friendly and we have never had any problems with our deliveries either. Highly recommend this place ๐Ÿ’•

Had a great meal, its a nice comfortable restaurant with friendly staff. A real joy when we have a chance to eat here.

Nursery and Preschools

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.

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

49 William Harris Way, Colchester CO2 8WJ, UK – 01206 574402

Primary and Secondary Schools

Gosbecks Primary School

Owen Ward Cl, Colchester CO2 9DG, UK – 01206 575407

Very good primary school

Cool. Really cool. Awesome Amazing. Stunning

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 it๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

Colchester Royal Grammar School

6 Lexden Rd, Colchester CO3 3ND, UK – 01206 509100

I'm an Old Colcestrian so I suppose I'm a little biased.

love it great variety of clubs and loads of benifits

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

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 schoolโ€™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 :)

We think Colchester High School is a gem of a school. Our two children have thrived here. Academically they progress well and are achieving, but this school is about so much more. Children are individuals not numbers, they are taught values to become independent learners, inquisitive, kind, respectful to others and rounded human beings. It is a town centre school so doesn't have flashy grounds or acres of parking but if you look beyond material interests, it is a school which will nurture and value your children.

Colchester High School (Sixth Form)

28A Creffield Rd, Colchester CO3 3HY, UK

Loved it

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Gas Transco

0800 111999

British Gas Breakdown & Repairs

0845 9 60 50 40
Local electricity supply companies for CO2 9LX with contact details and location maps
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