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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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HSBC

Midland House, 26 N Station Rd, Colchester CO1 1SY, UK – 0345 740 4404

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 CO3 3DW. 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 CO3. 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 CO3 3DW 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.

We have recently moved dentist as our previous one retired. We were recommended North Hill by our old dentist. We didn't have to wait long for an appointment, the service was very good and the dentist was very professional, made you feel at ease and talked you through the process. Would recommend to others.

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

Prettygate Dental

41 Prettygate Rd, Colchester CO3 4EQ, UK – 01206 577664

Finally found a local Dentist Popped in as Private Patients,paid for check up and the Dentist put us on as NHS patients. My wife was over the moon especially for the Kids

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.

Ambrose Avenue Group Practice

145 London Rd, Stanway, Colchester CO3 8NZ, UK – 01206 549444

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.👏👏👏

Great hospital and staff

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.

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 CO3 3DW.

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 CO3 3DW
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.

Kingsland Church

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

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.

Here at the church for exams ...first time here ..I'm not religious but what a lovely friendly welcoming place ... very calming in a hectic life

Catholic Church of St Teresa of Lisieux

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

God is there.

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

I’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. Can’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?

Heroes Metal Recycling

1 Queen St, Colchester CO1 2PG, UK – 07531 577583

Only Cowards Carry Knife Bin

10 Southway, Colchester CO3 3BU, UK – 01255 428744

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.

Harvester Stanway

186 London Rd, Stanway, Colchester CO3 8NZ, UK – 01206 575456

Food was great, our waitress Alex was really good and helpful. It was really busy but nothing seemed like too much trouble. It was reasonably clean and tidy. Overall a great experience.

Good services even though they were very busy and a attentive, friendly server. Food is what it is but good for the price. Salad bar always a winner!

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.

Slow service, dirty tables and tired furnishings, this Pizza Express seems to be struggling to keep up with the standards of other Pizza Express outlets. It was full abd the premises appeared a but small for a town as large as Colchester. Time for some investment...

Nursery and Preschools

Cheeky Monkeys Day Nursery & Pre School

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

Cheeky Monkeys Day Nursery & Pre School

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

St Nicholas Pre School Within the Community Centre

Fallowfield Rd, Colchester CO2 9NB, UK – 01206 816597

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

Colchester Royal Grammar School

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

Amazing atmosphere, very helpful and dedicated teachers and polite, intelligent boys.

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

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 :)

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

Holmwood House School

Chitts Hill, Lexden, Colchester CO3 9ST, UK – 01206 574305

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Gas Transco

0800 111999

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0845 9 60 50 40
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