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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

Barclays Bank

5-6 High St, Hitchin SG5 1BH, UK – 0345 734 5345

I had an appointment in this Barclays today. I arrived early and was greeted by two smiling ,welcoming and polite members of staff. I was offered a drink and one of the members of staff tried to see if I could been seen early. I was told about their free wifi to help pass the time whilst she was checking. Unfortunately this wasn't possible and the lady taking my appointment had fallen sick. The staff went over and above to ensure I was seen on time and even helped me get my car parked in their car park didn't catch the ladies name who helped be but thank you . Despite everything I was seen on time by Lisa who was amazing ,so helpful , reassuring and friendly. The branch was clean and modern clearly well organized with professional staff who take pride in their work.

Very good bank

HSBC Bank Plc

1 Market Pl, Hitchin SG5 1DR, UK – 0345 740 4404

Just passing

Good

Halifax

25 High St, Hitchin SG5 1AT, UK – 0345 600 3934

Not the best bank. Staff in branch often can't be bothered to assist with enquiries and just fob you off so they don't have to deal with problem.

Building Societies

Nationwide

12 Market Pl, Hitchin SG5 1DL, UK – 0800 554 0610

Been banking with them in Hitchin for over 30 years and would probably never change. Helpful staff

Writing on behalf of my father . The staff at Hitchin branch could not of been more helpful and explained the whole process of Internet banking to him.

Halifax

25 High St, Hitchin SG5 1AT, UK – 0345 600 3934

Not the best bank. Staff in branch often can't be bothered to assist with enquiries and just fob you off so they don't have to deal with problem.

Local Chambers of Commerce for SG5 1AE. 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 SG5. 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 Ickleford area
Find local dentists and dental practices around Ickleford and SG5 1AE 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

Bancroft Dentistry

7 Bancroft, Hitchin SG5 1LH, UK – 01462 451167

This was my first experience at this dental practice on first appearance the practice is well presented very nice inside clean very very friendly staff was all smiles and happy 😊 I was in for a check up and extraction with Frank he was very polite his nurse was extremely polite all smiles I was made to feel very comfortable in the surgery the extraction it’s self was completely painless and very professional i felt so comfortable completely through the extraction process I was really happy with the work I have had done many thanks to all the team at Bancroft 😁😁

I love it here! Great atmosphere, and everyone always seems so happy!

Hitchin Dental

Rear of 84/85 Bancroft, Hitchin SG5 1NQ, UK – 01462 438438

Environment busy clean and tidy. Friendly and caring staff. Made me feel welcome on my 1st visit today. As a new patient with an emergency, I had no hesitation in registering with them. Dentist explained treatment required today, and further appointments as an option to restore my smile. Thank you !

The best Dental practice I have ever visited. It is a really modern practice and all the staff are very professional and friendly. If you get room 6 as I did you will be very lucky people indeed.

Essential Dental

1LA, 35 Bancroft, Hitchin SG5 1LA, UK – 01462 451323

Had a root canal today by Kiran Devitt, was very nervous, I hate injections and visits to the dentist. Kiran explained everything in detail, and totally put me at ease. I walked out of there happy with the service I received. If your nervous of going to the dentist and looking for a new NHS one, Essential Dental is worth a visit.

When at last you find a lovely and caring dentist, with such lovely staff, and you keep everything crossed they all stay till they retire, yep that.. If you are a nervous patient, do not look anywhere else. Thanks girls, Nicola 😊

Orford Lodge Surgery

100 Bancroft, Hitchin SG5 1ND, UK – 01462 432042

Dr Holt has been my survival,he is so patient and calming ,and understand s l need to know all abt my illness .He gives you time ,is reassuring and competent .He understands that you can be frightened but that you have looked up your symptoms on the net !!and smiles ,Thankyou sir Thankyou.

I always manage to get an appointment if needed. Last week I called in for the emergency surgery. I saw two doctors who didn't rush and were really thorough even though it was the end of their day. Staff are helpful and compassionate. This has been my doctors for 47 years and I'm so grateful I can rely on such high standards of care

Portmill Surgery

114 Queen St, Hitchin SG4 9TH, UK – 01462 434246

I had to change a surgery, because doctors in my previous surgery were just ignoring my problems. Portmill surgery dealt very well with my son’s allergy and several problems me and my husband had. I would definitely recommend this surgery. I agree it is a bit of a wait on the telephone line, but you can now book an appointment online, which is very helpful.

Despite some rather negative reviews below, I have had nothing but positive experiences at the surgery. Friendly staff and the doctors really do care about their patients.

Courtenay House Surgery

30 Bancroft, Hitchin SG5 1LH, UK – 01462 434239

Great doctors ive been using this surgery for over 20 years now.

I wish to thank Dr Williams so much for referring me to have my THR operation finally! It has changed my life considerably, and I am now 10 weeks on and swimming like I used to and enjoying a pain free hip!

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

Pinehill Hospital

Benslow Ln, Hitchin SG4 9QZ, UK – 01462 422822

Had my operation here as a NHS patient. The staff were so lovely and caring and nothing was to much for them. Food was lovely and fresh. The room was spacious with ensuite. I would definitely recommend pine hill.

Excellent facilities clean and modern but in a old type building that is not as big as other nearby hospitals and has smaller patient numbers so a individual doesn’t feel one of many as sometimes is the case in larger hospitals.The staff are caring compassionate and knowledgeable in the important parts too. The staff and hospital alike are welcoming and the room was very nice with a en suite bathroom that had everything needed in the circumstances. This hospital was the first time I considered that the nhs is not the best for Britain if we could ensure insurance policies for all .Breaking down large departments into smaller units like pinehill creates a exceptional level of care and up to date facilities outshine larger nhs hospitals 100 times over. Staff have more time for individual needs of patients too! I compare this experience to a similar treatment at a nearby nhs hospital and other trips for various reasons which would be less stressful in a hospital like pinehill. Thanks to ALL of the staff for their excellent care and commitment and reception staff and cleaners included as all vital to the team as important as the skilled anaesthetists and surgeons and attentive ,patient ,caring nurses that were all a credit to the health system private or government irrelevant

Hitchin Community Mental Health Team

Centenary House, Grammar School Walk, Hitchin SG5 1JN, UK – 01462 482238

Local hospitals - community hospitals and hospitals with A&E departments for SG5 1AE.

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 SG5 1AE

Find Local Churches & Places of Worship

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Heathfield Rd, Hitchin SG5 1TA, UK – 01462 450943

Nice people and the ward is great! Definitely a place I’ve enjoyed the few times I’ve been!

St Mary's Church

Church House, Churchyard, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1HP, UK – 01462 452758

very nice old church in super grounds near the water.nice place to sit awhile in summer.

Beautiful church, often open for visiting, grass and river for feeding ducks or just relaxing

Christchurch Church

Bedford Rd, Hitchin SG5 1HF, UK – 01462 451720

Friendly environment, they hold an Open Church and offer tea/coffee & a chat most days. Also have rooms for hire, free parking.

Attended a Concert there - very organised & welcoming!

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 Ickleford. You can often even see a photo of your local policeman!

Crimestoppers - Call 0800 555111 or 101 for non emergency

Find Recycling Centres

Metal & Waste Recycling Ltd

Wallace Way, Hitchin SG4 0SE, UK – 01462 454872

Good

Winters Skip Hire

5 Hunting Gate, Hitchin SG4 0TJ, UK – 01462 453579

Very reliable skip hire. Nothing is ever to much trouble for them. Used them a few times when needed in Bedford. Would recommend them to anyone requiring a short term skip.

Excellent service, very efficient and reliable. Skip price was good value too.

Nationwide Metal Recycling

Cadwell La, Hitchin SG4 0SA, UK – 01462 455171

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 Ickleford

Lussmanns

25b-26 Sun St, Hitchin SG5 1AH, UK – 01462 440089

Amazing food, I wanted to try almost everything on the menu. Interior is nicely designed. Unfortunately, not too many vegetarian options.

Good food, excellent service, interesting menu. It helps if you enjoy fish. Pricey.

Los Reyes Tapas Restaurant

16 Bucklersbury, Hitchin SG5 1BB, UK – 01462 458354

So many reviews, all saying the same thing... and I will too, great food, lovely staff. Probably the only downside is that its so popular that you do need to book in advance, but hey, I cant really hold that against them. Fantastic food, I will definitely be back for more. Cheers guys.

Really lovely food but quite long wait for service. Allow the time to enjoy properly! On the pricier side but very enjoyable and the courtyard is lovely

Bar Azita

35 Bucklersbury, Hitchin SG5 1BG, UK – 01462 455803

Excellent all round! Great service, food and drink. Very impressed

Lovely atmosphere, nice staff, I loved the choice of vegetarian options. All very tasty!

Nursery and Preschools

Toad Hall Nursery Hitchin

Glover House, 23-25 Bury Mead Rd, Hitchin SG5 1RT, UK – 01462 450354

Good nursery. Like most around it lacks decent outdoor space and the possibility for the kids to roam between inside and out. On the bright side, staff is great.

York Road Nursery School

York Rd, Hitchin SG5 1XA, UK – 01462 459127

A wonderful little nursery in the heart of Hitchin. Both of my children attended the nursery and blossomed whilst there. It's the perfect place to prepare them for school. The staff are caring and nurturing, and the children just love them. The large garden with mud kitchen is an absolute bonus. My children still love to visit it at any opportunity now. Would not hesitate to recommend this setting to anyone looking for a nursery or wrap around care for their little ones.

Tilehouse Street Pre-School & Nursery

Upper Tilehouse St, Hitchin SG5 2EE, UK – 01462 441440

Primary and Secondary Schools

Highover School

Cambridge Rd, Hitchin SG4 0JP, UK – 01462 622333

Highover gives me back memories... Just makes me want to relive them.

Purwell Primary School

Fairfield Way, Hitchin SG4 0PU, UK – 01462 432950

It is a good school

Whitehill Junior School

Whitehill Road, Hitchin SG4 9HT, UK – 01462 621313

My daughter joined later than the other pupils and we had reservations after a bad experience at her previous school. Whitehill quickly helped restore our faith and my daughter and I felt welcomed and included . The school worked with families as a team and had a excellent attitude to learning and understanding individual pupils needs . They helped my daughter excel without the need for excessive pressure as she was eager to learn due to the teaching style and enjoyed doing so too. My daughter made good friendships and had a memorable time attending Whitehill. The building has good facilities and is well maintained. The staff are dedicated and should be proud of their hard work and input.

My daughter is coming to the end of her time at Whitehill school before she starts Hitchin Girls School in September. She has thrived at Whitehill and this has been down to the ethos of the school and the quality and dedication of the teachers. Whitehill school has given my daughter an excellent learning environment which has prepared her well for the next stage of her education.

Public & Preparatory Schools

Kingshott School

Stevenage Rd, St Ippolyts, Hitchin SG4 7JX, UK – 01462 432009

It’d be better if I was still there...

Great school

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