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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

NatWest

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

This is what you call a back with great customer service. My partner has just opened an account here and he said to me why don't i come with him to an appointment. I went along and WOW. Customer service and interaction with customers is just fab. I am with another bank at present who are also really good. Its nice to see banks that actually care. Well done :)

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.

HSBC

26 High St, Colchester CO1 1DQ, UK – 0345 740 4404

nice branch and staff are helpful when they're not busy. can do with more staff at busy times

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.

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.

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

Good trustworthy place

Amazing experience every time

The Co-operative Bank - Colchester

Albert Hall Building, High St, Colchester CO1 1JW, UK

Very helpful staff

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

Straight Road Dental Practice

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

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

NHS Chesterfields Dental Surgery

Layer Rd, Colchester CO2 9LA, UK – 01206 570381

Brilliant had a child with autism and they were fab 😊

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.

Ambrose Avenue Group Practice

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

Rung up at 8.45am. Booked appointment for 10:15am. Turned up and waited for 5 minutes until being seen to. Was seen by a very nice lady called Tracy. Perfect service & everybody's polite. It's unfortunate that most people only have something to say when it's negative.

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 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.

Tollgate Practice

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

After leaving a negative review on my experience at Tolgate Medical center , I had a quick response from the practice manager. I spoke with her on the telephone and addressed the issue further. The manager quickly came up with a solution and offered another appointment in which I received the help I needed. I was reassured that the issue would be investigated which I trust has been the case here. It's nice to know that someone in a position of managerial status can/ will act on a disappointing experience. I can only thank the practice manager for acting on my behalf and helping me when I feel most would just ignore. Thank you

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.

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

They saved my life, so I would give them 10 stars if I could!

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.

The Lakes Mental Health Hospital

Turner Rd, Mile End, Colchester CO4 5JL, 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.

Oaks Hospital

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

I went to this hospital few days ago and I received an outstanding service. The nurses are very sympathetic and ready to help you for any problem. Compliments!

Just been in the oak for postrate surgery with Mr sam datta this place rocks it's perfect in every way possible the nurses are fantastic along with all the admin and catering foods amazing ok down to Mr sam datta the man is top in his game got me in and done in under 2 weeks can't thank the man enoght after been in left waiting for months on the nhs with a catheter fitted not nice so a big thank you to all at the oaks and a big thank you to Mr sam datta

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

Great church for all ages

I attended here as a complete stranger to many people there and as I arrived people greeted me at the doors. One thing I enjoyed about attending here is that everyone there was attending with their families. It was a family friendly place and it wasn't daunting to participate in classes. My views and participation were appreciated despite the fact that I was a stranger to most people there.

Kingsland Church

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

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

Filled with wonderful, loving people & an overwhelming sense of the Holy Spirit.

Colchester Seventh-day Adventist Church

N Station Rd, Colchester CO1 1RB, UK – 01206 760229

Great Atmosphere

Amazing experience

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?

Core Fusion Limited

52 Sweet Briar Rd, 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!

The Salvation Army Charity Shop

122 High St, Colchester CO1 1SZ, UK – 01206 367272

Struck lucky with a classy range of DVDs at great prices on my visit

Wonderful store!

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

Superb, Thai food! The pork laarb was particularly good and the service was speedy and friendly. The restaurant is a little cramped but in terms of value for money you'll rarely come across a better deal.

The food is exceptional here. I would highly recommend the Tom yum soup. Lovely customer service too.

Aburi Japanese Restaurant

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

Nice relaxed atmosphere. Had a Rahman, my verdict, excellent. Staff friendly and polite. Well worth the visit. Next time in Colchester, will pay a return visit.

Fantastic food and service. Probably some of the best Japanese food I've had in the UK so far. Do note it might be a bit on the pricey side.

Middletons Steakhouse and Grill Colchester

19-20 North Hill, Colchester CO1 1DZ, UK – 01206 542854

Food was really good- couldn't fault it and didn't want to stop eating. Good value for money. I had the mushroom Wellington- amazing! However, service was not great. The first half of the table had finished their starters before the second half got theirs. Took a long time for plates to be cleared and also to get the bill. All mistakes remedied with lots of apologies given- it was his first day to be fair! They did take very good care of our disabled party member to their credit. I'm giving it 5 stars as I wouldn't hesitate to go back as the quality of food made up for the service.

Very good pricing. Very good atmosphere. Very good food! We've been coming for a few times and not had any problems. Definitely recommend booking on the off chance they are packed.

Nursery and Preschools

Grove Pre-School

Villa Rd, Stanway, Colchester CO3 9RN, UK – 07952 558975

Wow what can I say about this pre school. Both my children loved coming here. The staff are really good with the children and provide lots of fun and learning to the children. They have been a big part of my children's lives. Thank you Grove for all your hard work

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.

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!!!!!!!

Primary and Secondary Schools

St John's Green Primary School (Yrs 2-4)

38 St John's Green, Colchester CO2 7HE, UK – 01206 500047

Better then Hamilton

Fantastic school

Stanway Primary School

Villa Rd, Stanway, Colchester CO3 0RH, UK – 01206 574819

It's wonderful

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Kingswode Hoe School

18 Sussex Rd, Colchester CO3 3QJ, UK – 01206 576408

This school has been the best all the staff ask how you are there very caring and on trips protected BEST SCHOOL EVER!!!!!😎😎😆😆☺

i go to this school and i love it the best and all the staff are very kind and they will always ask how you are

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

Colchester High School recognises and celebrates the brilliance of each individual child. Staff really care about the children and academically they help pupils to grow in confidence while challenging them to be the best they can. The site is a typical town centre venue so doesn’t have the spacious surroundings, grounds or parking of some private schools, but look past this and you will find a hidden gem of a school. My kids love it!

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!

Doucecroft School

Abbotts Ln, Eight Ash Green, Colchester CO6 3QL, UK – 01206 771234

the school is a very nice place I love it here I am gonna miss it here

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Local social service agencies for CO3 with contact details and location maps

Gas Transco

0800 111999

British Gas Breakdown & Repairs

0845 9 60 50 40
Local electricity supply companies for CO3 3DW with contact details and location maps
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