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Image of a band on stage at the Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
23 April 2018
Local bands and solo artists can bag themselves a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play in front of thousands of people as this year’s Rochdale Feel Good – Battle of the Bands opens for entries.
An image of fusiliers on parade.
20 April 2018
The 50th anniversary of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers will be celebrated in style with a special parade through Rochdale town centre on Saturday, 28 April 2018.
Liz Shaw at Rochdale Central Library.
19 April 2018
We have just launched another support service for new and growing businesses, with the introduction of the new Start Smart programme.
Hearing room door plaque.
18 April 2018
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) report into failings in Rochdale institutions between 1960 and 1996 is to be considered by the council ahead of a formal response.
Sunrise Team.
17 April 2018
A man who abused young girls throughout the 90s has been jailed after pleading guilty to a catalogue of sex offences.
Gail Hopper Director of children's services.
17 April 2018
The nervous wait for parents and carers up and down the borough is over as primary school offers are made.
Bridal models stood picutred with a vintage Rolls Royce.
17 April 2018
Catwalk glamour returned to town for the Rochdale Wedding Show, exhibiting the latest trends in bridalwear, formal menswear and everything else needed for the big day.
Rochdale’s Kingsway Business Park.
13 April 2018
Rochdale’s Kingsway Business Park could be home to one of four major logistics hubs which will help deliver Heathrow’s third runway.
Leader Allen Brett.
13 April 2018
Councillor Allen Brett, the leader of Rochdale Borough Council, said: “The first thing that I want to do, and what I think is the most important, is apologise to the victims of child sexual abuse.
IICSA logo.
12 April 2018
Steve Rumbelow, chief executive of Rochdale Borough Council, said: “The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) report details the ways in which the victims of child sexual abuse were failed in Rochdale between 1960 and 1996.
Clare Poole with ballot box.
11 April 2018
Please make sure you register to secure your vote in the upcoming local elections. On Thursday, 3 May 2018 voters go to the polls to elect the borough’s councillors.
Audience enjoying World Book Night event.
09 April 2018
Literature lovers are in for a treat on Saturday, 21 April 2018 when an award winning novelist visits Touchstones Arts and Heritage Centre in Rochdale.
Councillor and Mayor Ian Duckworth speaking at the event.
06 April 2018
Volunteers who helped those caught up in the ‘Beast from the East’ M62 motorway mayhem have been thanked at an event at Rochdale Town Hall.
Adult care team discharging a patient.
06 April 2018
A pioneering council service which ensures hundreds of people a month discharge from hospital on time has been praised by the government.
Women enjoying a drink at the Street Eat event.
05 April 2018
Thousands flocked to the first one last year – and hungry foodies are in for another Bank Holiday treat with the return of the Street Eat festival.
Mayor of Rochdale with award recipients.
03 April 2018
Hundreds of young people from across the borough were awarded their Duke of Edinburgh’s awards at special ceremony.
Wedding cakes.
03 April 2018
Rochdale Wedding Show returns to the town hall this month - and final preparations are well under way. Bringing around 40 of the borough’s creative, stylish and inspiring suppliers together alongside breath-taking catwalk shows.
Peregrine Falcons flying over Rochdale.
29 March 2018
The council has taken flight and ensured nature lovers can again enjoy a bird’s eye view of peregrine falcons nesting at Rochdale Town Hall’s world famous clock tower.
Team of runners waving.
28 March 2018
If you want to get the reduced early bird entry for Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run you need to be quick! Until midnight on Saturday 31, March 2018 entry to the half marathon has been reduced by £7, and there’s £4 off the 10K.
Sunrise Team logo.
28 March 2018
Sunrise Team work results in lengthy conviction. Osman Ali has today, Tuesday 27 March 2018, been sentenced to 19 years and 6 months in prison after pleading guilty to 7 counts of raping a child under 13.
Steve Rumbelow and Mayor Andy Burnham.
28 March 2018
The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has praised Rochdale’s £250 million regeneration and pledged to support the borough as the council looks to add a residential offer to its major town centre project.
Chef Jean Christophe Novelli.
26 March 2018
More than 4,500 people descended on Rochdale Town Hall this weekend for a taste of the new Rochdale Food and Drink Festival. The celebration of food and drink was packed with stalls, live cooking, star chefs, bars, workshops and family entertainment.
Councillor Heakin and eco team.
26 March 2018
Students at Parkfield Primary school in Middleton are flying the flag for environmental awareness. Their corridors and classrooms display their eco commitment – “Every day, everywhere, all the time – be seen to be green”.
Councillor Janet Emsley at Premier Kia dealership.
23 March 2018
The Rochdale Kia dealership based on Molesworth Street near the town centre will be an official partner, promoting the event to their customers across the region and showcasing vehicles at the festival itself.
Local youth band.
23 March 2018
Lancashire Royal Artillery Band will be performing alongside the music services’ Youth Wind Band in this special concert.
Dedication service.
23 March 2018
A special dedication service celebrated a new look for Norden’s memorial gardens which have been transformed thanks to investment from Rochdale Borough Council.
Homeless person.
22 March 2018
A dedicated new team will be hitting the streets of Rochdale to help tackle rough sleeping in the town centre.
Fly tipping in Middleton.
22 March 2018
Six people are counting the cost after being convicted of littering and fly-tipping offences that followed action taken by Rochdale Borough Council.
Cigarette character gets the red card from Rochdale Football Club mascot.
21 March 2018
Roadshow visits Rochdale as make smoking history campaign sparks interest.
Britpop legends Cast play Rochdale.
21 March 2018
Indie rock band Cast have been added to the line-up for Rochdale Feel Good Festival this summer.
Councillor and police.
21 March 2018
Police, traffic enforcement officers and a councillor spent 2 afternoons outside Cardinal Langley School in Middleton to clamp down on problem parking during the afternoon pick up.
Chef Jean Christophe Novelli.
21 March 2018
Rochdale Food and Drink Festival rolls into town on Saturday, packed with stalls, live cooking, star chefs, bars, workshops, family entertainment and music.
Building site.
19 March 2018
Work to construct Rochdale‘s brand new £80 million shopping and leisure development in the heart of the town centre is under way.
Riverside presentation.
15 March 2018
More than 80 businesses came together at a meet the buyer event for Rochdale’s flagship regeneration project, the new £80 million shopping and leisure development, Rochdale Riverside.
Councillor Liam O'Rourke and Asam Qadus.
15 March 2018
A former apprentice at a Heywood company which supplies medical equipment to the NHS, is finding his career is in good health after scooping a top award.
Councillor Neil Emmott.
14 March 2018
Six smokers have been hit with fines and costs totalling more than £2,000 after council wardens spotted them dropping their butts in the street.
Council leader and John Stoner.
14 March 2018
Rochdale’s stunning old post office, in the heart of the town centre’s heritage quarter, is set to re-open this weekend as a café, restaurant and bar.
Crowd at a concert.
13 March 2018
An exciting programme of events for 2018 is on the way, to provide a boost to residents and businesses as well as attracting thousands of visitors from across the region.
Joe.
13 March 2018
It’s not just about the food at this month’s Rochdale Food and Drink Festival – there’s also a menu of live music to keep people entertained while they tuck into and enjoy the mouth-watering fare.
Feed frontmen Grant Nicholas and Taka Hirose.
09 March 2018
Rock band Feeder will headline Rochdale Feel Good Festival this summer. The British rock heroes will top the bill, taking to the main stage for a free show in Rochdale Town Hall Square on Saturday, 18 August 2018.
Councillor and staff member at adult care week event.
09 March 2018
Rochdale Borough Council’s adult care service took centre stage as scores of people attended its successful showcase week in March 2018.
Dippy the dinosaur on display.
08 March 2018
Link4Life and Rochdale Borough Council have secured more than £90,000 of National Lottery funding to help them deliver a fun-packed programme of activities and events to accompany Dippy the dinosaur’s visit to Rochdale in 2020.
Peter Gregory at Number One Riverside.
08 March 2018
Rochdale Borough Council’s head of property and estates will be helping to lead the way in best practice in the industry across the country after being appointed the junior vice president of ACES.
Councillor at building site.
08 March 2018
7 new apartments are being created in a grade 2 listed property in Rochdale, in a move which the council hopes will help kickstart a housing boom in the town centre.
Castleton street celebration.
02 March 2018
There was nostalgia in the air as the Castleton community took a trip down memory lane to dedicate a famously named local street. Scores of people witnessed the unveiling of special street signs on Ark Royal Avenue.
Customers queuing at a food truck.
28 February 2018
Rochdale Food and Drink Festival will deliver an extra tasty line-up when the event is staged for the first time on Saturday, 24 March 2018 inside and around our famous town hall.
Members of youth parliament with Mayor and Mayoress.
27 February 2018
The final 6 candidates have been out campaigning for votes over the past few months and voting has been taking place up and down the borough in schools, youth centres and online.
Councillor John Blundell.
23 February 2018
Rochdale Development Agency (RDA) is looking forward to another successful 12 months with a new chair at the helm of their board and the appointment of Councillor John Blundell, the cabinet member for regeneration.
Runners in previous Rochdale Half Marathon.
22 February 2018
Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run will be ‘even better’ this year with a number of improvements for 2018.
Councillor and TravelSafe staff.
22 February 2018
The council has praised the work of the Greater Manchester TravelSafe Partnership after a fall in antisocial behaviour on the borough’s Metrolink network and bus services was reported in recent months.
Unauthorised traveller encampment.
21 February 2018
Rochdale Borough Council has been granted an interim injunction which prevents unauthorised traveller encampments from settling on any land within the borough.
Car driving down road.
21 February 2018
The borough’s highways could be in line for a major cash boost with our cabinet recommending a massive £12million budget to resurface the roads and repair footpaths over the next 3 years.
Council Leader Allen Brett.
19 February 2018
It’s time for the government to give older people a voice and enfranchise young people with a vote. That was the radical message from Rochdale councillors after passing 2 key motions at Wednesday, 14 February 2018's full council meeting.
Council Leader Allen Brett.
19 February 2018
The leader of the council has praised Rochdale Football Club's plucky performance, a day after the team drew with Tottenham Hotspur at the Crown Oil Arena during the 5th round of the FA Cup.
Event at Half Acre House Care Home.
16 February 2018
A Rochdale care home had a special 1940s themed day to celebrate national Dignity Action Day.
Rochdale Riverside visualisation.
16 February 2018
Visitors to Rochdale town centre are being advised to get ready for a number of changes to the car parks and road layouts as work on the new shopping and leisure development, Rochdale Riverside, gets under way.
Councillor Emsley.
16 February 2018
Spending a penny in Littleborough will never be as convenient thanks to an innovative new scheme which ensures shoppers have access to clean, safe public conveniences for free.
Councillor Janet Emsley.
16 February 2018
The Peterloo massacre was not only a defining moment in political history, it also had strong links with the many radical traditions across the borough of Rochdale.
Councillor Mohammed Zaman.
16 February 2018
Councillor Mohammed Zaman has been nominated as Mayor of Rochdale for the 2018-2019 municipal year.
People design awards.
16 February 2018
Two restoration projects were presented with the top awards as the best in building design was celebrated at the seventh Rochdale Borough Design Awards.
Let's end hate crime event.
15 February 2018
Young Rochdalians showed hate crime the red card at a special football tournament to celebrate Hate Crime Awareness Week.
Councillor Liam O'Rourke and John Searle with 10th birthday balloons.
12 February 2018
Lock 50 Business Centre in Rochdale celebrated its 10th birthday this week marking a decade since our managed workspace building on Oldham Road was opened.
Councillor Janet Emsley in front of the flag.
12 February 2018
A special flag was raised outside Rochdale Town Hall to celebrate 100 years since millions of women were first given the vote in the UK.
Easter themed cake competition.
08 February 2018
Have you got what it takes to bake a showstopper worthy of being crowned the best cake?
Councillor Janet Emsley in The Flying Horse.
08 February 2018
Rochdale Food and Drink Festival has gained 2 new sponsors - The Flying Horse Hotel and its catering arm, The Quirky Catering Company, will be official partners of the festival staged for the 1st time on Saturday, 24 March 2018 at the town hall.
Council Leader Allen Brett.
07 February 2018
Rochdale borough's council leader is calling on the government to sort out social care funding once and for all following the announcement of extra money for adult social care services.
Celebration at re-opening of Castleton baths.
07 February 2018
Castleton Swimming Baths have officially re-opened to the public after a major refurbishment at the popular pool was celebrated in style.
People at drama workshop.
07 February 2018
Local adults with learning and physical disabilities have been taking part in special drama workshops this week to learn about hate crime and how to report it.
Andrew Nutter.
06 February 2018
At this year’s new Rochdale Food and Drink Festival, you can have a gourmet 4-course dinner cooked by one of the region’s best chefs and enjoy it in the company of the man himself.
David Bottomley and Councillor Sameena Zaheer making the pledge.
05 February 2018
6 local sports clubs have pledged to go smoke-free to give children the chance to enjoy physical activity without being subjected to harmful second-hand smoke.
Patricia Devall holding flowers.
05 February 2018
After over 15 years escorting children and families across busy Rochdale junctions, school crossing patrol officer, Patricia Devall, is hanging up her lollipop.
Councillor Sameena Zaheer with new defibrillator.
02 February 2018
Tenants at 1 of the council’s managed workspaces are on top of the world as they’ve become the latest venue in the borough to host a life-saving defibrillator.
Rochdale Riverside development visualisation.
01 February 2018
Genr8 Developments has appointed major construction firm Willmott Dixon to build Rochdale’s £80million retail and leisure development, Rochdale Riverside, with work due to start within weeks.
Google Digital Garage bus exterior.
01 February 2018
Residents and businesses will be able to learn digital skills on the go. This comes as part of a free Google training scheme offered on a bus that is visiting Rochdale town centre for the first time on Friday, 9 February 2018.
Lit candles of remembrance.
01 February 2018
The borough of Rochdale marked Holocaust Memorial Day with a special ceremony on Monday, 29 January 2018.
Castleton councillors at Castleton baths.
01 February 2018
There will be more than a ripple at Castleton Swimming Pool this weekend when the famous baths officially re-open to the public.
Councillor Allen Brett.
31 January 2018
Rochdale Borough Council has increased its local living wage for the fifth time – ensuring that hundreds of its lowest-paid workers get another pay rise.
Library customers holding balloon and birthday book.
30 January 2018
There was nostalgia in the air at Alkrington Library as the local community came together to celebrate the popular branch’s 50th birthday.
Roof of building.
30 January 2018
The waiting will soon be over for developments shortlisted for the Rochdale Borough Design Awards.
Toddlers with Rochelle the Healthy Hero.
29 January 2018
Children’s centres across the borough of Rochdale are taking steps to improve children’s health with the start of a new toddling activity.
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Tour de Manc Sportive 2018
06 May 2018
One of Greater Manchester’s premier cycling events, starts in Middleton at the David Lloyd Manchester North Club.
Street Eat
26 May 2018
11am-9pm on Saturday, 26 May and Sunday, 27 May 2018. Tasty street food, prepared by the town’s restaurant chefs. Dozens of dishes including Spanish, Italian, English, German and more.
Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run
07 October 2018
Rochdale Half Marathon and 10K returns for its third year. It’s one of the highlights of our sporting calendar.