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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.

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 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!
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.

Colchester Library

Trinity Square, Colchester CO1 1JB, UK – 0345 603 7628

Baby and Toddler rhymetime is a really good session

Well spaced and nice collection of books. I would have given it 5 stars if they had provided toilets. Other than that, it's brilliant 👍

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

Evergreen Dentistry

294 London Rd, Stanway, Colchester CO3 8PB, UK – 01206 213746

I have been a patient at Evergreen Dentistry for almost 2 years and I am very happy to recommend them. I have always received a good service with high quality treatment. I'm personally not a fan of going to the dentist at the best of times but both the dentist and hygienist make each appointment as smooth as possible with a great bedside (chairside?) manner and by explaining what they're doing and why. I have had a couple of fillings with Evergreen and both procedures were painless experiences and I have had no problems since.

Staff were very professional and friendly. Made me feel at ease. Would highly recommend.

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.

The Dental Studio

236 Bergholt Rd, Colchester CO4 5AS, UK – 01206 845891

Easily the best dental practice I have ever attended. The staff are without exception welcoming and warm hearted and actually listen! I am particular impressed by the treatment my two young daughters receive when they attend treatments. I wouldn't hesitate to wholeheartedly recommend The Dental Studio, they're the real thing.

I been with The Dental Studio for last 10 years and highly recommending them. I had dental hygienists, tooth coloured fillings, crown work and tooth whitening always received high quality service for very good price and feel warm hospitality. Very polite and professional! Highly recommended!

Tollgate Practice

145 London Rd, Stanway, Colchester CO3 8NZ, UK – 01206 574483

Today I had a no-scalpel vasectomy performed by Dr Speers and his associate, along with another nurse who were all, in equal measure, absolutely amazing. They all made me feel at perfect ease and although I personally (everyone is different, I know) felt a fair amount of pain due to a low threshold, I was made to feel as comfortable as humanly possible (and, I'm told by the wife, a significant amount of anaesthetic, thankfully) and my wife being allowed to sit by me whilst it was happening was another nice thing. We were even offered cake by the very polite and professional young gentleman at reception. A massive thank you to all who helped me and I will be highly recommending the Tollgate clinic to others. May I also say how very reasonably priced (345GBP) the whole procedure was. Kind regards, Mark.

Group practice. Waiting room has a tv. Lots of seating in waiting area.

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

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.

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

Today I attended Colchester General Hospital for day surgery in Copford Ward in Constable wing. I was highly impressed by the whole experience. Procedures were well documented and accurate. Every member of staff was warm, comforting and thoroughly professional. The theatre staff of theatre 8 were particularly caring, Dr Bennett and all of his team made me feel totally at ease. Many thanks to all involved with my procedure, you are all great!

I have visited the hospital twice in the last two weeks and have the reception to be excellent, the staff very polite and helpful in making you feel comfortable and relaxed. The treatment was of the highest standard and felt I couldn't be in more professional surroundings. I left feeling very impressed and the hospital should be congratulated.

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.👏👏👏

Very nice people good old historical hospital

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.

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.

Stanway Evangelical Church

Chapel Rd, Colchester, Stanway, Colchester CO3 0PU, UK – 01206 576806

Nice children's play group

Great people, they do a fabulous Men's Breakfast!

Lexden Methodist Church

21 Straight Rd, Lexden, Colchester CO3 9BY, UK

Originally I went to a Cof E church but on my first visit to this church I felt a real warmth and friendliness from everyone. They make new visitors feel the love of God

Holy place

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?

Core Fusion Limited

52 Sweet Briar Rd, Stanway, Colchester CO3 0HH, UK – 07717 134153

Mark altered our down stairs cloakroom and hallway so that we could have a downstairs shower room. From start to finish everything was handled professionally. We received a quote which was less than expected, and we accepted and were given a start date. This was adhered to and the work was done cleanly and efficiently. We are extremely pleased with the result, and would recommend Corefusion at any time. Oh just one thing - the invoice was less than the quote !!! Cant say that this will be the case for everyone but it was in our case.

Very happy with Core Fusion Limited. Very professional and friendly i will be using them again in the future and I highly recommend!

Emmaus Emporium - Colchester

103-104 High St, Colchester CO1 1TH, UK – 01206 541616

Ever changing range of goods. Probably a treasure trove for students or starter homes.

Very impressive

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

Food is really good, however they had no ribs when we went! A bit sad given it's so called high reputation. Prices were fair and the staff polite and helpful.

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.

Noodle Zone Restaurant

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

The noodle zone is our favourite "too tired to cook" restaurant. It is always welcoming, the food is always carefully prepared and excellent value for money. The Malaysian specialties are great, and for comfort food, the noodle soups are terrific: won ton soup and duck soup are our favourites. Watch for the specials.

Noddle Zone Colchester - best place to eat Food - out standing Service - excellent Customer service - excellent We throughly enjoyed food start to finished.we can’t wait to go back again.

Vinny's Restaurant

1 Headgate, Colchester CO1 1NU, UK – 01206 578941

Absolutely fabulous food 9 of us came in to eat and they couldn't have been more helpful very friendly and the food was spot on would deff come back again esp as it was great prices

Good value

Nursery and Preschools

Safari Childcare

79 Halstead Rd, Colchester CO3 9AD, UK – 01206 546824

This is a great nursery. It has a homely feel and the garden has just been revamped and looks amazing. The staff are lovely and are happy to help if you have any concerns. The food menu is good and they cater for dairy and soya free children. Highly recommend

They are lovely people and even better with kids. They are ever ready to help us as parents and help us a lot with the inputs that we give them. God bless!!!!!!!

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.

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

Gosbecks Primary School

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

Very good primary school

Cool. Really cool. Awesome Amazing. Stunning

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 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 :)

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.

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 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 :)

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.

Oxford House School & Nursery

Colchester CO3 3NE, UK – 01206 576686

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