Skip to main content Skip to accessibility


Middleton Town Centre
21 April 2017
Anti-social youths are being warned that their behaviour won't be tolerated as organisations join forces to tackle problems in Middleton.
Councillor Richard Farnell
21 April 2017
We're looking at employing a new policy which would target entry level jobs to people living in the borough.
Rochdale Feel Good Festival
21 April 2017
We've launched the annual search for local music acts to perform on the main stage at Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
Number One Riverside
21 April 2017
Local businesses across Rochdale will get the chance to pitch for business with some of the biggest public sector organisations in Greater Manchester at a special 'meet the buyer' event in summer 2017.
Mayor and Mayoress of Rochdale, with veterans and members of the armed forces family at the Veterans' Breakfast.
20 April 2017
A delicious full English, the splendour of Rochdale Town Hall's dining room and the chance to socialise with serving soldiers and veterans.
The Bright Black
19 April 2017
Middleton-based band 'The Bright Black' will play the main stage again at this year's Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
RKE Group.
19 April 2017
A Rochdale company, whose turnover totals more than £6 million a year, has backed a new initiative to promote Rochdale as a place to do business.
Ride Rochdale.
18 April 2017
Middleton’s double Olympic gold medal-winning and World Champion cyclist Joanna Rowsell Shand MBE is encouraging women to get on their bikes next month when the new Ride Rochdale cycling event is staged for the first time.
Schools take steps to make health miles better.
18 April 2017
Schools in the borough of Rochdale are taking big strides towards improving their pupil's health by doing a mile per day of walking, jogging or running.
New shopping and leisure development in the heart of Rochdale
12 April 2017
Councillors have approved £70M plans for a new shopping and leisure development in the heart of Rochdale.
Lee Nelson
12 April 2017
Television comic Lee Nelson brings his new tour to Middleton Arena later this year.
Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon and 10K.
10 April 2017
Prizes for the Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon and 10K which takes place this October have been confirmed.
The Kar-pets.
10 April 2017
The first band has been revealed for the main stage line-up at Rochdale Feel Good Festival this summer.
Greater Manchester Mayoral Election.
10 April 2017
Issued on behalf of the Combined Authority Returing Officer for Greater Manchester.
Pothole on Windermere Road.
07 April 2017
Rochdale Borough Council is to spend twice as much money repairing potholes this year, after the council approved a bumper £2 million spend, up from £1 million last year.
CCTV of the bandstand.
07 April 2017
A closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera in Littleborough has been given an upgrade in a bid to reduce crime and antisocial behaviour in the area.
David Mark.
06 April 2017
Page turning novels, gripping plotlines and fast paced narratives have become synonymous with the critically acclaimed work of crime writer David Mark.
Councillor Daalat Ali, cabinet member for libraries, with customers at the launch of the BorrowBox app.
05 April 2017
An exciting new way for literature lovers to access their favourite books has been launched by Rochdale Borough Council.
Rochdale Wedding Show.
04 April 2017
Catwalk glamour returned to town this weekend when Rochdale Wedding Show was staged on Sunday, 2 April 2017.
Borough's creative youngsters design public health report.
31 March 2017
Local young people have been taking the lead on designing a major health report which will be seen by thousands of people across the borough and country.
A Middleton metal company.
31 March 2017
A Middleton metal company is boosting jobs after becoming the 1st business in the UK to own a state-of-the-art fibre optic metal cutting machine, with the help of a council grant.
Tree art.
31 March 2017
A park bench, a café or a children’s play area might be more traditional sights in a park, but environmental management teams at Rochdale Borough Council have also created a work of art in a 200-year-old Beech tree for visitors to Denehurst Park to enjoy.
Shakespeare performance.
30 March 2017
Whether it's the treachery of Brutus, the cunning of Lady Macbeth or the tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare's plays continue to inspire people of all ages.
Daredevils wanted - The Big Drop.
30 March 2017
The thrilling annual charity abseil down Rochdale Town Hall is now looking for dare devils with a head for heights. You’ll get a bird’s eye view of Rochdale and raise cash for a good cause this August (2017).
Kelly Trowers, Sheree Edwards and Annie-Mae Hughes, Councillor Janet Emsley
29 March 2017
Local mums and mums-to-be can get support to breastfeed and adopt healthy lifestyles thanks to a new interactive tool.
Councillor Donna Martin Cabinet Member for Children's Services.
27 March 2017
A number of young people at risk of sexual abuse in Rochdale and Wigan have been identified and protected due to the success of a pioneering child sexual exploitation (CSE) project, Achieving Change Together.
GM Elects 2016
24 March 2017
The official countdown to the election to choose the first ever Greater Manchester Mayor has begun.
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.
Councillor 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 2017, 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.
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​


01706 926002

Media Office
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU​

The Council Leader's blog


Follow us on twitter

Follow us on twitter

Follow us