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2 sellers at Bowlee Car Boot Sale.
21 February 2019
Bowlee Car Boot Sale and Market – one of the most popular in Greater Manchester - returns in April 2019.
Dave Sweetmore at Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
21 February 2019
​Popular Rochdale DJ Dave Sweetmore will host the main stage at August 2019's Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
Austin Hopley and Adolfus Lewis.
20 February 2019
They’re not television stars or best-selling cookery authors, but 2 Rochdale chefs, Austin Hopley and Adolfus Lewis, are preparing to put their culinary skills to the test in front of a live audience for the first time at our food and drink festival.
Rochdale Borough Safeguarding Children Board.
18 February 2019
Rochdale Borough Safeguarding Children Board has launched a new campaign aimed at helping local parents and carers with young babies to cope with infant crying.
Bottles of alcohol in a row.
18 February 2019
Pubs, bars and clubs in the borough are being warned underage drinking won't be tolerated after 3 premises were caught serving alcohol to under 18s.
Councillor Liam O'Rourke, Councillor Allen Brett and Claire McCarthy standing in front of John Bright bust.
15 February 2019
A national campaign which is calling for the eradication of modern day slavery has been backed by us.
All member of youth parliament candidates with Mayor of Rochdale.
15 February 2019
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.
Rochdale Feel Good Festival live music stage.
14 February 2019
An exciting programme of events is on the calendar, to provide a boost to residents and businesses as well as attracting thousands of visitors from across the region.
Residents enjoying socialising at the borough's new dementia hub.
12 February 2019
The community and voluntary sector are now able to apply for funding to reduce social isolation for older people.
Rochdale Borough Council's community safety team host stalls at Number One Riverside.
08 February 2019
The borough of Rochdale has come together to take a stand against hate crime as part of Greater Manchester’s hate crime awareness week.
Elderly women from Half Acre Care home.
07 February 2019
Half Acre House Care Home in Rochdale underlined its pioneering spirit when its residents enjoyed a special day out to the town’s original Co-operative shop.
Councillor Kieran Heakin.
07 February 2019
The council’s Youth Opportunity Fund is available for young people across the borough to apply for money to finance new activities.
Models at Rochdale Wedding Show.
07 February 2019
Rochdale Wedding Show returns to our world famous town hall next month - and final preparations are well under way, with brides and grooms from across the region set to descend on the town.
Councillor Iftikhar Ahmed along with other council members.
05 February 2019
Heywood-based social enterprise Possibilities is trailblazing a visionary facility to help boost the mental wellbeing of vulnerable people.
Councillor Kieran Heakin with Gail Hopper Director of Children's services.
01 February 2019
Government inspectors have praised the council’s children’s services following a visit last month.
School children in science lab coats.
01 February 2019
Chris Lowe, assistant headteacher and science leader at Lowerplace Primary School, Rochdale, is to receive a Primary Science Teacher Award; it has been announced by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).
Group of people in Middleton Arena to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.
31 January 2019
The borough of Rochdale has marked Holocaust Memorial Day with a special ceremony.
Premier Kia staff members with Councillor Janet Emsley.
30 January 2019
Rochdale Food and Drink Festival has a new sponsor - automotive dealer Premier Kia will be the official partner of the festival which returns to Rochdale Town Hall on Saturday, 16 March 2019.
Nominee Julie Dalton.
30 January 2019
Julie Dalton from our additional needs service, which supports children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), has been shortlisted in the National Autistic Society's prestigious Autism Professionals Awards.
Map of proposed tram-train network.
30 January 2019
A major new tram-train system could be coming down the line for Heywood after transport secretary Chris Grayling signalled his support for the expansion of the Metrolink in Greater Manchester.
Last year competitors for cake competition.
28 January 2019
Have you got what it takes to bake a showstopper worthy of being crowned the best cake? Rochdale Food & Drink Festival will be hosting a ‘Natural History Adventure’ themed cake competition when the event returns to the town hall.
Proposed design for Rochdale Town Hall Square.
25 January 2019
The first of a world class team who will transform Rochdale’s iconic grade I listed town hall and the surrounding area has been appointed by us.
WCCTV staff members.
25 January 2019
Rochdale’s own WCCTV has a laser sharp focus on further expansion this year, after securing major new contracts worth over £3 million.
Janet Emsley with sponsor.
25 January 2019
Family owned prestige motor retail centre, Williams Rochdale BMW has renewed its support for Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run, after signing a new 3-year deal.
Adult care team at Rochdale Borough Council.
23 January 2019
The quality of care and support delivered by Rochdale Borough Council’s adult care service is one of the best in the north-west.
Number One Riverside staff taking part in Cervical Cancer Prevention week.
22 January 2019
Women in the borough of Rochdale are being urged to attend their cervical screening as part of cervical cancer prevention week.
Rochdale favourite chef Aazam Ahmad.
18 January 2019
The region’s foodies are in for another treat – tickets are now on sale for cookery demonstrations in the festival kitchen at Rochdale Food & Drink Festival which is being staged on Saturday, 16 March 2019 in and around Rochdale Town Hall.
Councillor Iftikhar Ahmed with members of staff at Cleggsworth House Care Home.
18 January 2019
Care homes in the borough of Rochdale are helping to combat loneliness and depression amongst its residents – thanks to 5 pet hens which live on site.
Students talking to women from care home.
18 January 2019
An innovative partnership between a Rochdale care home and a national charity brought together young and old to share memories of their lives
Councillor Kieran Heakin.
17 January 2019
Government inspectors have praised the improvements made to our special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) service following a visit last month.
Amaan Iqbal nominated for Award for Personal Development.
15 January 2019
Amaan Iqbal, a young person who is part of Rochdale Youth Service, along with Gail Hopper, the director of children’s services, have both been nominated in the 2019 North West Youth Voice Awards.
A little girl high-fiving Rochelle at Happy Jacks.
14 January 2019
Children at Happy Jacks nursery have received a visit from a special guest to congratulate them on their work to keep healthy.
Council Leader outside town hall.
14 January 2019
The famous sound of Rochdale Town Hall’s bells gained national publicity when they rang out across the land on BBC Radio 4 over Christmas.
Councillor John Blundell with Richard Ward.
14 January 2019
7 brand new apartments are ready to hit the market as part of the council’s £400 million transformation of Rochdale town centre.
Rubbish fly tipped.
11 January 2019
2 more residents have been fined after council investigations linked them to rubbish found fly-tipped in Heywood and Middleton, and another for littering in Rochdale.
All 6 member of youth parliament candidates.
08 January 2019
The new year has got off to a great start for 6 of the borough’s young people as they are announced as finalists in the battle to be the next Member of Youth Parliament for the Rochdale Borough.
Council leader Allen Brett lobbying for the Middleton tram line.
08 January 2019
A new tram line linking the town of Middleton with Manchester city centre will be created after we campaigned for it to be included in a new regional transport strategy.
Logo of Rochdale Borough Council.
07 January 2019
An ambitious plan, which could transform Rochdale borough’s economy through the creation of thousands of new jobs and homes, is set to go out to public consultation for a 2nd time.
Runners at the start line of 2018's half marathon.
04 January 2019
​​​The starting gun has been fired for the opening of registration for 2019's Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon and 10K - and prices have been cut by up to 28 per cent for an early bird offer.
Volunteers at Denehurst Park.
03 January 2019
Plans for a new state-of-the-art children’s play area at Denehurst Park are in full swing after a £98,048 grant from Viridor Credits Environmental Company, through the Landfill Communities Fund.
Firework around Rochdale Town Hall's clock tower.
21 December 2018
A number of non-critical services will not be available from 5pm on Monday, 24 December 2018 until Wednesday, 2 January 2019, although emergency phone lines will be in operation throughout.
Rochdale Riverside being built in Rochdale town centre.
21 December 2018
Rochdale town centre’s £80 million leisure and retail development, Rochdale Riverside, is delivering a timely payday for local firms, new figures reveal.
Councillor Allen Brett with Callum McGeachie and teachers at Redwood School.
21 December 2018
The winner of our council leader’s Christmas card competition has been announced.
Residents at new dementia hub.
21 December 2018
The community and voluntary sector will be able to apply for funding to reduce social isolation for older people when applications opens in January 2019.
Councillor Iftikhar Ahmed.
21 December 2018
Our adult care team is going the extra mile over Christmas to provide key services to residents across the borough.
Councillor Phil Burke.
21 December 2018
Our transport spokesman has hit out at planned price hikes for First Bus passengers in January 2019, amid claims of shoddy service.
Tim Vine with milk bottles on his head.
20 December 2018
Top comedy will return to Middleton Arena in 2019. For the first time ever, the master of the one-liner himself – Tim Vine will bring his ‘Sunset Milk Idiot’ show to the venue on Wednesday, 27 February 2019.
Aazam Ahmad.
19 December 2018
BBC Fusion chef Aazam Ahmad will be returning to Rochdale in 2019 for Rochdale Food and Drink Festival.
Rochdale Borough Council logo.
19 December 2018
Our acquisition of Central Retail Park, announced this week, will push forward a major residential scheme for the town centre as part of a £400 million regeneration programme in the area.
Woman explaining how the nasal spray vaccination works to a child at Norden Primary School.
19 December 2018
Flu vaccinations have been delivered to 10,000 children in schools across the borough of Rochdale in 2018.
Council officers and police officers closing down problem property.
19 December 2018
We've obtained our first premises closure order for a property where the tenant had been the target of ‘cuckooing’.
Teresa Moore and Councillor Billy Sheerin at Teresa's retirement party.
18 December 2018
​​​​A long-serving Rochdale Borough Council employee has retired after over 40 years’ work supporting thousands of the borough’s most vulnerable residents.
Row of taxis on the street.
17 December 2018
Pre-Christmas spot checks have been carried out on taxis across the borough of Rochdale.
Students raising their hands during science class.
17 December 2018
Pupils at Lowerplace Primary School, Rochdale were treated to a fun-filled day of physics activities following on from the visit of local science teacher, Chris Lowe, to international scientific research centre CERN.
Kieran Heakin.
17 December 2018
Councillors have agreed to extend the full council tax exemption to care leavers in the borough up till they are 25.
Proposed cycle lanes in Castleton.
14 December 2018
Plans for the borough’s biggest cycling infrastructure project are being developed after regional transport bosses signalled their backing for the plans.
Rochdale Summer Festival stage.
14 December 2018
The countdown to Rochdale Feel Good Festival 2019 is on, with the announcement of the date for next summer’s event.
Toni Carter and Andy Turner from the council's apprenticeship team.
14 December 2018
The country’s leading politician on apprenticeships has thanked Rochdale Borough Council for its commitment, enthusiasm and drive to helping young people find good-quality jobs.
Chief executive Steve Rumbelow with winner of the competition Ellis Kelly.
14 December 2018
Christmas came early for 6-year old Ellis Kelly from Rochdale.
Staff from Euro Options with the bikes.
14 December 2018
Euro Options, an IT company based in Littleborough, made a generous donation of 10 new bikes to local cared for children in the borough.
Councillor Allen Brett.
12 December 2018
Plans to reduce funding to 14 of the boroughs community centres could be revised following a recent public consultation.
Joy Parker and councillors with memorial stone.
11 December 2018
A memorial stone, originally placed in the wall of Yelloway Motor Services travel centre in 1969, is now back on permanent display at our Number One Riverside building, close to its original location.
Councillor Billy Sheerin with carers.
07 December 2018
Rochdale’s Carers’ Rights Day was declared a resounding success after hundreds of people supported the annual event.
Staff who won awards at the Ace Awards ceremony.
05 December 2018
Outstanding achievements by our employees were recognised during The Ace Staff Awards held at the town hall.
Mr Bloom from television channel.
05 December 2018
More details on next year’s Rochdale Food and Drink Festival have been revealed.
Councillor Janet Emsley giving a handshake with Springhill Hospice staff.
03 December 2018
Runners who took to the streets for Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run this year have helped raise over £10,500 for Springhill Hospice.
Children and parents gathered in Rochdale Central Library.
03 December 2018
9 primary schools from Rochdale are taking part in the borough’s latest Reading University Programme.
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