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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.
Rochdale Riverside.
26 January 2018
3 more high street giants have signed up to Rochdale’s new retail and leisure development, Rochdale Riverside. Boots, River Island and JD Sports have collectively taken space totalling around 30,000 square feet.
Councillor Phil Burke.
26 January 2018
The council’s transport spokesperson has called for an investigation into the standard of private sector bus services after a triple whammy of cuts to key local routes.
Woman with car boot sale toys.
26 January 2018
Bowlee Car Boot Sale and Collectors’ Market, one of the most popular in Greater Manchester, returns in March 2018. We promise the hugely popular country park event will be better than ever.
Councillor Janet Emsley with library staff and customer.
26 January 2018
The council’s library service is taking action to replenish its wide-ranging stock, by shelving fines during a month long amnesty across the borough’s 17 branches.
Writer David Herd giving a speech.
25 January 2018
Acclaimed writers will be heading to Rochdale next month to mark Mother Language Day – a worldwide celebration of linguistic and cultural diversity.
Choir sings in performing arts festival.
24 January 2018
2018 marks the 56th year of the popular Rochdale Youth Festival of Performing Arts. Rochdale Music Service is encouraging all schools and local organisations to join in and celebrate the performing arts provision in our schools and communities.
Esplanade after cleaning.
24 January 2018
Rochdale Borough Council have helped clear the River Roch, the Memorial Garden fountain and Packer Spout fountain.
Children and staff at Balderstone Library.
24 January 2018
After working hard to safeguard the future of the borough’s 17 libraries against government funding cuts, we're seeking the views of local residents, as we gear up for a new programme to provide even more facilities at local branches.
Children doing thumbs up.
22 January 2018
One of the council’s most popular and loved libraries will celebrate its 50th anniversary in style on Saturday, 27 January 2018 with a special day of events.
Railway tracks.
19 January 2018
The council leader is calling on the government to build a new railway station in Rochdale as part of new £70bn proposals unveiled this week to overhaul transport links across the north of England.
SIMS team with their accreditation.
19 January 2018
For the eighth consecutive year the council’s school support team have been accredited by Capita for the excellent support they provide, making them one of only 24 accredited local authority support teams in the country.
Phiz Lab at Lowerplace primary school.
18 January 2018
Rochdale's Sir Peter Ogden opens Phiz Lab at Lowerplace primary to benefit primary schools across the borough and inspire children into physics.
Councillor Janet Emsley.
17 January 2018
Another exciting chapter in the 5-year history of Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival will be written this October (2018).
School students giving up loving pop.
17 January 2018
Two schools in the borough of Rochdale are set to give up sugary drinks this month in a bid to raise awareness of the damage too much sugar can have on children’s health.
Nisha Katona.
15 January 2018
The region's foodies are in for a treat – tickets are now on sale for cookery shows in the festival kitchen at Rochdale Food and Drink Festival, being staged on Saturday, 24 March 2018 in and around Rochdale Town Hall.
Homeless person.
12 January 2018
The council is stepping up its efforts to support people on the streets in Rochdale as the cold weather continues.
Member of Youth Parliament 2018 candidates.
12 January 2018
Following a closely contested application and interview process, 6 candidates have started campaigning to become Rochdale's Member of Youth Parliament.
DJ Dave Sweetmore.
11 January 2018
Popular hometown DJ Dave Sweetmore will be hosting the main stage at this year's Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum.
11 January 2018
Proposals for the complete renovation of the Greater Manchester Fire Station Museum will be showcased to the public for the first time this Friday, 12 January 2018 and Saturday, 13 January 2018.
3 brides inside a car.
11 January 2018
Couples planning to tie the knot will be heading to Rochdale town hall again later this year – when Rochdale Wedding Show returns on Sunday, 15 April 2018.
Rochdale Riverside.
05 January 2018
Rochdale Borough Council’s Cabinet has reaffirmed its commitment to the Rochdale Riverside retail and leisure development.
Make 2018 the year you give up for good.
04 January 2018
The Rochdale borough’s 31,953 smokers are being encouraged to make a quit attempt this New Year to prevent poisons from tar in cigarettes entering the bloodstream, quickly spreading around the body and causing damage to major organs.
Council Leader Councillor Allen Brett
02 January 2018
Council Leader Councillor Allen Brett has urged national broadcasters to step out of the Westminster bubble and use the iconic sound of Rochdale’s famous town hall bells on their programmes.
Singer and orchestra on stage.
02 January 2018
The arrival of the New Year was celebrated in Rochdale on Sunday, 31 December 2017 with 2 dazzling fireworks displays, live music and a party atmosphere enjoyed by thousands in the town centre.
Councillor Kieran Heakin
22 December 2017
Rochdale Borough Council’s children's social care team are going to be working hard all over Christmas, maintaining our support and safeguarding services to families across the borough.
Council Leader Allen Brett.
22 December 2017
Rochdale Council leader Allen Brett has sent an upbeat Christmas and New Year message to residents across the borough.
Adult care workers and woman in a wheelchair.
21 December 2017
Rochdale Borough Council’s adult care team is going the extra mile over Christmas. Staff are working throughout the festive period to deal with emergencies and ensure people are supported and cared for.
Person carrying crossing sign on street.
21 December 2017
Local job seekers are in line for an early Christmas present, with a new council policy which makes a commitment that certain roles will be for borough residents only.
Festive crowd at night outside Rochdale Town Hall.
21 December 2017
New Year’s Eve in Rochdale town centre will feature 2 firework displays together with family entertainment in the afternoon and a 14 piece orchestra performing at night on the Esplanade by Rochdale Town Hall.
Cosmetics.
20 December 2017
Online shoppers are being urged to be extra cautious this Christmas after counterfeit cosmetics were seized from an online seller based in the borough.
Stage and stalls at Feel Good Festival 2017.
20 December 2017
The countdown to Rochdale Feel Good Festival 2018 has begun with the announcement of the date for next summer’s event. The festival will return on Saturday, 18 August 2018 and we promise another showcase of top class entertainment, food and culture.
Rochdale town centre.
20 December 2017
A new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) covering Rochdale town centre is set to come into force after councillors agreed to introduce the measure, which is intended to help create a welcoming environment for shoppers, visitors and businesses.
William Wild.
20 December 2017
​​​A 92-year-old Middleton veteran received an early Christmas present after receiving France's highest military honour for helping liberate the country in World War Two.
Hate crime. Together we can end it.
20 December 2017
Local community organisations, charities and social enterprises are being given the opportunity to apply for grant funding to help them make an impact during next year's Hate Crime Awareness Week.
Rich Hall.
20 December 2017
More top comedy is coming to Middleton Arena - grouchy deadpan American comic Rich Hall will return to the popular venue next year with his ‘Hoedown’ show, 8pm on Saturday, 9 June 2018.
Trampoline park.
19 December 2017
A new trampoline park has just somersaulted into town, bringing with it 20 new jobs for Rochdale residents.
Church tower with tinsel wrapped around it.
19 December 2017
A number of our non-critical services will not be available from 5pm Friday, 22 December until Tuesday, 2 January, although emergency phone lines will be in operation throughout.
Jean-Christophe Novelli.
18 December 2017
Our brand new festival will be staged on Saturday, 24 March 2018. Multi award-winning television chef Jean-Christophe Novelli and Indian street food restaurateur Nisha Katona will be amongst the guests cooking at Rochdale Food and Drink Festival.
Railway tracks.
15 December 2017
Rochdale is on track for a direct rail link to Manchester airport by summer 2018, following the completion of the Ordsall Chord railway line.
Mayor’s youth awards.
15 December 2017
The search is on for the borough’s next young superstar as the Mayor’s Youth Awards launches.
Councillor Allen Brett.
14 December 2017
The new leader of Rochdale Borough Council has called for unity and asked people to “pull together” as he begins his new role.
Close-up of saxophone being played.
14 December 2017
New Year’s Eve in Rochdale town centre is shaping up to be another cracker - the day will feature 2 firework displays together with family entertainment in the afternoon and a live orchestra performing at night on the Esplanade.
Our top 10 catering team.
11 December 2017
sizzling school catering team has been named as one of the tastiest in the UK. Our team based at Lowerplace Primary School in Rochdale was named by Education Business Magazine as one of the top 10 in the country for providing outstanding catering.
Rochdale town centre.
08 December 2017
Rochdale town centre could be in line for a grant in the region of £500,000, as Historic England announced it has been named one of just 8 'Heritage Action Zones' across the country.
Staff with donated toys.
07 December 2017
There’s only a week left to donate to this year’s Christmas Toy Appeal and help give local children living in poverty a great Christmas Day. The appeal is organised by our staff-run ‘Giving Back’ charity.
Turkey in an oven.
07 December 2017
Residents are being advised how to avoid food poisoning and make sure their Christmas isn’t a turkey this year. Rochdale Borough Council is backing the Food Standards Agency's ‘Let’s Talk Turkey’ campaign.
Starting line at 2017 Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon.
06 December 2017
The starting gun has been fired for the opening of registration for next year’s Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon and 10K and prices have been slashed by up to 28% for the event’s early bird offer.
Irene Peachey receives Bookstart award.
06 December 2017
Rochdale Borough Council librarian Irene Peachey is celebrating again after officially receiving her award for decades of promoting reading to youngsters.
Gold awards at North West In Bloom - winners.
05 December 2017
The talents and hard work of Rochdale Borough Council, In Bloom Groups, businesses, communities and residents were rewarded with a record number of prestigious gold awards at the annual Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) North West In Bloom award ceremony.
Staff Awards group photograph.
05 December 2017
The outstanding achievements of our employees were recognised during The Ace Staff Awards held at the town hall.
Youth Wind Band Gold Award.
04 December 2017
Rochdale music services’ youth wind band were given a gold award at the regional heat of the National Concert Band Festival which is the largest wind band and big band festival in the UK.
Christmas card winner.
04 December 2017
Christmas has come early for 16 year old Sana Ahmad from Rochdale. The Redwood School pupil's design was chosen for our Chief Executive Steve Rumbelow' s official card after winning a festive design competition.
Maise Byron Lewis Baker and Tyler Lord perform Dani California.
01 December 2017
A musical singing showcase has been set up by the council’s music service to get more high school pupils involved in demonstrating their talents.
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Rochdale Food and Drink Festival
24 March 2018
Star chefs cooking live, food and drink village, workshops, music, bars, stalls and family entertainment in the spectacular setting of Rochdale Town Hall.
Rochdale Wedding Show
15 April 2018
The ultimate wedding shopping experience, where you can buy, book and hire everything you need for your special day.
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.