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Councillor Richard Farnell, Leader of Rochdale Borough Council.
23 March 2017
The leader of Rochdale Borough Council Richard Farnell has condemned Wednesday’s (23 March 2017) terrorist attack at Westminster which left 3 members of the public and a police officer dead and many others injured.
Rochdale Youth Service.
23 March 2017
Volunteers who could help make a real difference to the lives of the borough’s young people are being sought.
Wedding dress.
22 March 2017
Heywood’s only bridal boutique is gearing up for its first wedding season, as vacancy rates tumble in the town, thanks to the council’s business rates sale.
Local care leaver Luke Sharp.
22 March 2017
A top charity has praised the council after it became the first local authority in Greater Manchester to exempt care leavers from paying council tax up to the age of 21.
Paul Chowdhry.
21 March 2017
Another top stand-up comedian is coming to Middleton Arena this year with his new 2017 tour.
Clubbing together for Rochdale’s big race.
20 March 2017
3 of the borough’s sports clubs have joined together to support this year’s Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run which returns on Sunday, 8 October 2017.
Councillor Janet Emsley using the One You app.
20 March 2017
Residents in the borough of Rochdale are being encouraged to build more physical activity into their lives, starting with just 10 minutes of brisk walking per day.
Rochdale Wedding Show.
15 March 2017
Rochdale Wedding Show returns to the town hall next month - and final preparations are well under way.
Ride Rochdale.
15 March 2017
Ride Rochdale, our new cycling event for women taking place in Rochdale on Sunday, 21 May 2017 has been handed a boost after being selected by British Cycling as one of just 11 events in the UK to be part of their national Sportive/Breeze series for 2017.
Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
15 March 2017
You can look forward to a packed programme of council backed events over the next 12 months, providing a boost to residents and businesses as well as attracting visitors from across the region.
Wing Commander Forbes MBE.
14 March 2017
The President of Rochdale’s branch of the Royal British Legion has spoken of his pride after a trip to the palace to collect his Member of the British Empire award.
Health award.
10 March 2017
A Rochdale Borough Council, NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group (HMR CCG) and Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust partnership has won a major award.
Digital Telecom.
09 March 2017
An expanding telecomms company has found a new home in Rochdale after it outgrew its Kearsley base.
Council tax scam emails.
09 March 2017
Rochdale Borough Council is urging residents to be extra vigilant following reports of unofficial emails about Council Tax refunds across the country.
Rochdale's Denehurst Park.
09 March 2017
Rochdale's Denehurst Park is set to bloom from a council improvement programme over the next 3 years.
Help transform local health and care services.
08 March 2017
People from Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale are being urged to share their views on how the Rochdale borough’s health and social care services can have a sustainable future.
Alan Godson for No Smoking Day.
08 March 2017
A local ex-smoker is celebrating one year smoke-free by encouraging others to give up the cigarettes for good to mark No Smoking Day on Wednesday, 8 March 2017.
Knit and natter
07 March 2017
All roads lead to Junction Library and Community Centre on Saturday, 11 March 2017 when the popular centre holds a family fun day.
Councillor Donna Martin Cabinet Member for Childrens Services.
07 March 2017
Rochdale Borough Council is top of the class for ensuring pupils are allocated their first choice secondary school.
Rochdale regeneration.
07 March 2017
The first ever £1 million annual planning income for the council is being seen as a sign of growing confidence in the borough as a place for business investment.
Rochdale Digital Festival.
06 March 2017
Rochdale Digital Festival was hailed a success this weekend, with over 750 people visiting Number One Riverside on Saturday, 4 March 2017.
Michael Bamford.
06 March 2017
A decision to 'quit the day job' and join a new business is paying dividends for Heywood resident Michael Bamford.
Keep antibiotics working
03 March 2017
Health experts are urging residents to take their doctor's advice about antibiotics in a bid to reduce resistance to the medicines.
Bamford war memorial
03 March 2017
8 more war memorials in Rochdale borough have been awarded prestigious listed status by Historic England.
Litter picking.
28 February 2017
Rochdale Borough Council is backing a national campaign to get half a million people out and about cleaning up their local communities in March 2017.
Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
27 February 2017
The countdown to Rochdale Feel Good Festival 2017 has begun with the confirmation of the date for this year’s blockbuster summer event.
Rochdale Borough Council Leader Richard Farnell
27 February 2017
Rochdale Borough Council Leader, Councillor Richard Farnell is seeking clarification after it emerged that a major local road scheme could be scrapped.
June West
24 February 2017
Shops in the Middleton town centre conservation area have been given a much-needed facelift, thanks to a council improvement scheme.
Rochdale Kellet Street Area Flood.
22 February 2017
Landowners could help reduce the risk of flooding in Littleborough and Rochdale by installing natural flood management measures like tree planting, water features, dams and walls.
The Young Producers.
22 February 2017
Talented young performers from across the borough will come together for a night of music, dance and drama.
Councillor Donna Martin (right) enjoys a 'knit and natter' session, with local residents, at Junction Community Library.
22 February 2017
Junction Library and Community Centre is thriving after an increased take-up of activities and events at the newly refurbished centre.
Rochdale Borough Council Leader, Councillor Richard Farnell.
22 February 2017
Rochdale’s proud and lasting links with the Co-operative movement have been underlined after Rochdale Borough Council Leader, Councillor Richard Farnell was elected to one of its national bodies.
Youth parliament election candidates.
21 February 2017
A Hollingworth Academy student has been announced as Rochdale Borough’s new Member of the UK Youth Parliament after a record turnout in voting.
Life-saving scheme.
20 February 2017
The borough of Rochdale is set to get a boost of new life-savers as more volunteers gain the skills to train residents in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation.
A group of runners
17 February 2017
Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon and 10K returns on Sunday 8 October, and the routes have been revealed for this year's event.
Dean Jones with the leader of the council
17 February 2017
A group of formerly unemployed people from Rochdale are finding their career is ticking along nicely, thanks to a new jobs scheme, which will see them fit smart meters in people's properties.
16 February 2017
If next month’s Rochdale Digital Festival inspires you to learn more, there’ll be information and advice on local courses and training opportunities at the event at Number One Riverside, Rochdale on Saturday, 4 March 2017.
Alcohol training session attendees.
16 February 2017
Retailers in the borough of Rochdale have taken part in a special training course to help tackle the harms that can be caused by irresponsible alcohol trading.
Booty call - Bowlee car boot sale returns.
14 February 2017
Bowlee Car Boot Sale and Collectors’ Market – one of the most popular in Greater Manchester - returns in April, and we’re promising the hugely popular country park event will be better than ever.
Mayor of Rochdale Councillor Ray Dutton (right) at Middleton Hall Care Home
13 February 2017
​Residents and staff at a Middleton care home celebrated national Dignity Action Day with an afternoon of games, cake making and entertainment.
Councillor Allen Brett
09 February 2017
The council is set to ensure that young people leaving care in the borough of Rochdale will not have to pay council tax until they're 21 years old.
Council's Stars service.
09 February 2017
A pioneering service that provides dedicated care and support for people in their own home has been hailed another Rochdale success story.
Joanna Rowsell Shand MBE.
09 February 2017
Details of the routes for the new cycling event for women taking place in Rochdale on Sunday, 21 May 2017 have been confirmed.
Councillor Janet Emsley clinking glasses with husband Ken Emsley.
09 February 2017
Romantic residents planning a special Valentine’s date this year should ‘look before they book’ when it comes to food hygiene.
Hate Crime Awareness Week.
09 February 2017
The borough of Rochdale has blown the whistle on hate crime and launched a week of action with a wheelchair rugby match at Rochdale Leisure Centre.
Smoke free football match.
08 February 2017
Rochdale's Smokefree Sports pilot kicked-off in style with its first match at Bridge Juniors Football Club on Saturday, 4 February 2017.
Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival.
07 February 2017
An expanded Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival returns this October, with the dates for its first-ever 7 day run confirmed.
Mandasue Heller.
07 February 2017
Bestselling author Mandasue Heller dazzled and delighted an enthralled Middleton audience as she regaled them with stories of her fascinating literary career.
Young apprentices.
06 February 2017
A council scheme has given young apprentices, Matthew Steele and Lucas Misspelled WordStenhouse, extra bounce, with a job at local company Hanson Springs in the pipeline.
06 February 2017
Young people from across the borough got to the art of the matter and showcased an evening of music, dance and comedy at Touchstone’s Art and Heritage Centre.
Gracie plaque.
03 February 2017

A memorial stone dedicated to the late Rochdale singer, actress and comedian, Gracie Fields, is on display once again at her birthplace in Molesworth Street.

Insulation scheme.
03 February 2017
Residents across Rochdale are enjoying rising household temperatures and falling energy bills following an innovative council scheme to insulate their properties.
The Mayor of Rochdale at the Holocaust Memorial Day
02 February 2017
​On Monday 30 January 2017​ the borough of Rochdale came together to mark Holocaust Memorial Day with a special ceremony at Rochdale Town Hall.
Councillors Janet Emsley and Ann Stott
02 February 2017
Rival councillors in Rochdale have put aside their party politics to stand united in the fight against 1 of the UK's biggest killer diseases.
Simon Gregson.
02 February 2017
Coronation Street actor Simon Gregson is set to be the star guest at next month's Rochdale Digital Festival.
Rochdale market redevelopment.
02 February 2017
We have announced that we intend to appoint market turnaround specialists Quarterbridge to take forward the redevelopment of Rochdale's new market.
Let's End Hate Crime.
02 February 2017
​​​The borough of Rochdale is coming to together wit​h the rest of Greater Manchester to take a stand against hate crime as part of the fifth annual Hate Crime Awareness Week.
Councillor Alan McCarthy, lead member for the Armed Forces.
31 January 2017
Heywood’s proud links with the Royal Air Force will be honoured this weekend when historic street names are dedicated at a special ceremony.
What's in your food?
30 January 2017
Families in the borough of Rochdale are invited to 'Be Food Smart' when Public Health England's (PHE) Change4Life roadshow comes to town.
The Grand Staircase.
30 January 2017
Families across the borough are being given the chance to shape the future of one of the borough’s most important buildings as part of a unique council competition.
Vera Hirst with the Mayor of Rochdale.
27 January 2017
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​A volunteer who has devoted 48 years of her life to helping others has been given a civic commendation from Rochdale Borough Council and the Mayor.​​
Rochdale's UN youth ambassador.
27 January 2017
A Rochdale teenager set to be the UK’s only youth delegate to a United Nations (UN) conference has received a £1,000 grant from Rochdale Borough Council to fund her trip.
Richard Farnell.
27 January 2017
Following record growth the previous year, the number of apprentices starting jobs in Rochdale has grown at almost three times the Greater Manchester (GM) average, despite national uncertainty over training provider and college contracts.
Supporting people affected by dementia.
26 January 2017
Rochdale councillors have taken a key step towards helping end the stigma surrounding dementia by becoming Dementia Friends and supporting Alzheimer's Society's vision of a dementia-friendly UK.
Rochdale Borough Council leader Richard Farnell.
24 January 2017
More than a thousand of the council’s lowest paid staff are set to get a pay rise as councillors call for an increase in Rochdale’s Living Wage.
Rochdale Digital Festival line-up.
23 January 2017
With just weeks to go before Rochdale Digital Festival returns, we have revealed more about the event!!
Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon and 10K.
23 January 2017
Still in time for New Year's resolutions, registration for this year's Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon and 10K is now open.
Breastfeeding mums.
20 January 2017
A local boxing club has been left-hooked on supporting breastfeeding mums after signing up to the Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme.
Councillor Donna Martin Cabinet Member for Childrens Services.
20 January 2017
A Middleton primary school has been rated ‘requires improvement’ by Ofsted, following 12 months of intervention by Rochdale Borough Council.
After the completion of Phase 1 - 11 plots and path.
20 January 2017
Council workers have joined with community volunteers to transform barren land on Kellett Street into an allotment with plans for more than 30 plots, a community orchard, shelter, fruit patch and beehives.
Rachel Shawcross painting.
20 January 2017
They say a picture paints a thousand words and never was the adage truer after a famous heritage portrait went on display at Rochdale Town Hall.
Joanna Rowsell Shand MBE.
19 January 2017
Middleton’s double Olympic gold medal-winning and World Champion cyclist Joanna Rowsell Shand MBE is championing a female-only cycling event in Rochdale this Spring.
Yellow tram
19 January 2017
Rochdale Borough Council leader Richard Farnell has welcomed the appointment of a new operator for the Greater Manchester tram network
Junction Library Yoga.
17 January 2017
Middleton residents will have the chance to join in a host of new activities at Junction Library and Community Centre after a major refurbishment, including yoga.
Mandasue Heller.
10 January 2017
With page-turning plots set in Manchester’s criminal underworld, it’s little wonder North West author Mandasue Heller’s novels are receiving rave reviews.
Iftikhar Ahmed and the Local Account.
10 January 2017
The quality of care provided to thousands of residents by Rochdale Borough Council’s adult services team continues to be of a high standard.
A Bridge Juniors Football Club team showing Bertie the Butt the red card.
10 January 2017
A junior football club in Rochdale has blown the whistle on smokers who light-up on the touchline as part of a pilot that could be rolled out across the borough.
New order as meeting bins paper and goes electronic.
09 January 2017
Rochdale councillors will show they are plugged in to the digital age when they hold their first ever paperless committee meeting.
Coroner appeals for help Veronica Taylor.
06 January 2017
The Coroner’s Service based at the Phoenix Centre in Heywood is appealing for local residents to help with an investigation, following the death of Veronica Taylor from Milnrow.
Councillor Allen Brett.
04 January 2017
There are only a few days left to have your say on our latest savings plans.
First Bus Group.
04 January 2017
October’s (2016) Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival was the best yet with record ticket sales of over 3,200 and more than 4,000 people attending.
Smokefree campaign.
03 January 2017
Local smokers are being urged to kick the habit this New Year after shocking new figures reveal the risk to the heart.
One You support.
03 January 2017
Residents who have overindulged during the festive period are being encouraged to get some healthier habits ready for the New Year.
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