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Father and son brushing teeth.
21 September 2018
Oral hygiene services expand for young children in Rochdale
Last year's champion Michael Mannings.
21 September 2018
Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run returns on Sunday, 7 October 2018. Whether you’re taking part, or spectating, here are some of the events elite runners to look out for this year in Rochdale.
Our apprenticeship team with staff from Jackson, Jackson and Sons Limited.
21 September 2018
Rochdale Borough Council’s apprenticeship team were big winners at the North West regional finals of the National Apprenticeship Awards.
Teacher Chris Lowe inside the Large Hadron Collider.
20 September 2018
Back from his inspiring visit to CERN in Switzerland - to experience the latest developments in the world of physics - Assistant Headteacher Chris Lowe is preparing to bring new activities and resources to classrooms in the Rochdale area.
Councillor Iftikhar Ahmed.
20 September 2018
Residents and community groups still have time to share their views on the future of national adult social care funding in a major national consultation.
Councillor Sara Rowbowtham with Trading Standards Senior Officer Najma Tayab.
19 September 2018
All businesses in the borough of Rochdale visited by underage mystery shoppers in July passed sales tests carried out by us.
The memorial stone.
18 September 2018
Castleton residents will come together on Sunday, 23 September 2018 at a special service to dedicate a new memorial stone.
Local artist John Cooke with Councillor Janet Emsley.
17 September 2018
The changing face of Rochdale town centre over the last decade has been captured by local artist John Cooke.
Stuart Maconie.
17 September 2018
Another famous name has been added to the line-up for next month’s Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival.
Aaron Parmar.
17 September 2018
A firefighter from Rochdale is preparing for a gruelling charity challenge - running 22 10K races in memory of the 22 victims of last year’s tragic Manchester Arena attack.
Cabinet Member for Children's Services, Councillor Kieran Heakin.
13 September 2018
Our Youth Opportunity Fund is available to give young people across the borough the chance to apply for money to finance new activities.
A child being held by his mother while being vaccinated by a doctor.
12 September 2018
Parents in the borough of Rochdale are being urged to make sure their children are immunised against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR).
Councillor Kieran Heakin, Cabinet Member for Children's Services.
12 September 2018
Parents of children across the borough who are due to start secondary school in September 2019 can apply for their child’s school place from now until Wednesday, 31 October 2018.
St Martin's View, Castleton.
11 September 2018
Brownfield sites across Rochdale borough will be developed to deliver at least 460 new homes a year and around 210 hectares of employment space over the next 10 years.
Children with Ray Stearn and Councillor Janet Emsley.
10 September 2018
Hundreds of youngsters enjoyed a summer of reading, exercise and healthy eating thanks to our pioneering Fit, Feed and Read scheme.
Runners starting the half marathon.
06 September 2018
With just weeks to go before this year’s Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run, we are reminding participants to enter online and sign up before the deadline of midnight on Sunday, 30 September 2018.
A shot of the school grounds.
06 September 2018
One of the most important historic buildings in Middleton has been re-opened at a special ceremony following a £590,000 council and National Lottery revamp.
Royal Horticultural Society specialist Anne Gunning with child volunteers.
05 September 2018
A previously unloved space next to Spotland Library has been transformed into a beautiful walking trail, thanks to the work of local volunteers have carried out with us.
A performer on stage, addressing the audience.
05 September 2018
Are you interested in the arts, live shows and performances? Would you like to get more involved and have your voice heard?
Councillor John Blundell with apprentice Liam Aubrook and Jan Bagshaw from National Epilepsy Training.
30 August 2018
Career success beckons for a Rochdale apprentice, who has just become the first to complete a special incentive scheme we've launched.
Footasylum staff.
23 August 2018
A top UK sports brand has put its feet first to back this year’s Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run.
Our Burglary Reduction Officer Yvonne Bennett with Councillor Janet Emsley and Shaftesbury Avenue residents.
23 August 2018
The winners of the annual ‘Alleyways in Bloom’ competition have been announced.
Rubbish dumped in a hedge.
22 August 2018
Most people in the borough of Rochdale care about the environment they live in but a small minority of residents and business owners still think they can get away with fly-tipping and leaving others to clean up after them.
Councillors Iftikhar Ahmed and Billy Sheerin with members of the team.
21 August 2018
A Rochdale mental health crisis unit for vulnerable adults has been lauded for the high standard of service it provides.
A large of crowd of festivalgoers watching Feeder.
20 August 2018
More than 14,000 people packed Rochdale town centre on Saturday for the annual celebration of music, food and family entertainment that is Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
Councillor Iftikhar Ahmed with council staff.
17 August 2018
We showed our feeling for sensory issues as people from across the borough flocked to our adult care team’s annual awareness day.
Festivalgoers.
16 August 2018
Rochdale Feel Good Festival goers are advised to plan their journey, arrive early and allow plenty of time to get to the event this weekend.
A discarded cigarette butt.
16 August 2018
We've brought successful prosecutions against 3 people who did not pay their littering Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN).
Councillor Kieran Heakin
16 August 2018
More students, taking more A-Levels, are getting top marks across the borough.
Andy Turner and Toni Carter from our apprenticeship team.
15 August 2018
Our team has been announced as finalists for the North West in the ‘Macro Employer of the Year Award’.
Healthy Hero Rochelle meets a fan.
15 August 2018
Desmond the Dragon made a new friend this weekend as children learnt about the importance of drinking water at Rochdale AFC’s first home game of the season.
Louise Minchin.
13 August 2018
Tickets for Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival are on sale now, with 25% off, so book yours early and save money this month.
4 members of the smokefree summer team.
13 August 2018
This year’s Rochdale Feel Good Festival will make its Family Zone smokefree for the first time.
Staff receiving Millie's Mark award.
13 August 2018
Local nursery providers Jayne and Darren Grindrod who run nurseries in Heywood, are the first providers in the borough of Rochdale to achieve an accredited first aid award.
Rochdale In Bloom judges on the staircase at Rochdale Town Hall.
10 August 2018
Gardening experts from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) arrived in Rochdale on Thursday, 9 August 2018 to judge the town’s planting power.
Band portrait of Feeder.
09 August 2018
Rochdale Feel Good Festival will be tickling tastebuds and filling the town with live music this month.
Manager Patricia Boothman with serving staff.
08 August 2018
As Rochdale’s Flying Horse Hotel prepares to welcome the crowds for its busiest day of the year, manager Patricia Boothman looks ahead to this month’s Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
Simon Armitage. Photo credit: Wolfgang Webster.
06 August 2018
The first 4 names on the line-up for this year’s Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival have been revealed.
Green recycling bins.
03 August 2018
We've been shortlisted for the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) Annual awards for Best Service Team: Waste Management and Recycling.
Andy Turner and Toni Carter from the apprenticeship team at the House of Commons.
03 August 2018
The team that manages our apprenticeship programme have been shortlisted for the North West Regional Finals of the National Apprenticeship Awards.
Councillors Phil Burke and Allen Brett with local businesspeople and supporters.
01 August 2018
Businesses in Middleton are backing our plan to bring Metrolink to the town.
Councillor John Blundell with staff from JH Cunliffe.
01 August 2018
A Rochdale textile company which was founded nearly 150 years ago is looking for staff to help meet the growing demand for the ‘Made in Britain’ brand.
Councillor Iftikhar Ahmed with colleagues and residents at the 2017 Sensory Awareness Day event.
27 July 2018
We're holding an information and advice day for the thousands of residents across the borough with hearing, sight and speech problems.
Close up of a hand adjusting a radiator.
27 July 2018
We've launched a new scheme to help reduce energy bills for residents and ensure they’re not left out in the cold once the summer ends.
Ask The Right Questions logo.
25 July 2018
An innovative campaign is launched in time for summer holidays to provide parents with guidance and advice on out of school activities.
Councillor Allen Brett.
25 July 2018
45 day consultation launched as Rochdale plans to save a further £3.6 million for General Services
2 young children.
23 July 2018
If you've always wanted to know more about the rewarding role of fostering, our team are holding an information session at The Royal Toby in Castleton.
Councillor Neil Emmott at one of the new flood defence schemes.
23 July 2018
The government has given a major boost to a £46 million flood defence scheme to be built in the borough of Rochdale.
Councillors Allen Brett and Liam O'Rourke with Tony Lloyd MP and pupils.
20 July 2018
Primary school children swapped the classroom for Rochdale Town Hall’s historic chamber as part of National Democracy Week.
Winning playwright Danny Rose.
20 July 2018
An aspiring young writer will have his ‘A Different story of Rochdale’ narrative performed on the stage after winning a playwriting competition.
Winning teacher, Chris Lowe, with pupils.
19 July 2018
Local Rochdale primary school teacher, Chris Lowe, has been awarded a coveted place to visit CERN - the European Organisation for Nuclear Research - in Switzerland by The Ogden Trust, the charity dedicated to promoting the teaching and learning of physics
A barman serving up a pint of Buck Rogers.
19 July 2018
The official beer for this year’s Rochdale Feel Good Festival has been unveiled.
Festivalgoers queuing for food.
19 July 2018
It’s well known for live music, but the food and drink will be drawing admirers too at Rochdale Feel Good Festival this summer.
The Mayor of Rochdale with the 11 finalists.
18 July 2018
Lowerplace Primary School crowned their first ever spelling bee champion as a new competition created a buzz.
Sarah Mahmood.
18 July 2018
Former Member of Youth Parliament, Sarah Mahmood, is praised for her work improving the lives of young people in the borough by being awarded a Diana Award.
Middleton Memorial Gardens.
18 July 2018
Denehurst Park and Middleton Memorial Gardens have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as some of the very best in the world.
Councillor Janet Emsley, Esme Bond, aged 4 and Michelle Krauza and Joanna Yeomans from our library service.
18 July 2018
One of the nation’s best loved children’s comics will provide the inspiration for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge across local libraries.
Picture from 2017 Ace Awards.
16 July 2018
Residents can now nominate a member of our staff or team they feel deserves recognition. Nominations are open for our ACE Staff Awards.
Councillor Janet Emsley and pupils from Smithy Bridge Primary School.
16 July 2018
Children at Smithy Bridge Primary School are flying high after again winning our ‘name the peregrine falcon chick’ competition.
Staff and pupils from Kentmere Academy.
16 July 2018
Rochdale’s Kentmere Academy came out top of the class with the prestigious Primary School of the Year accolade in the record breaking Manchester School Awards.
Councillor Allen Brett with a road repair crew in the background.
12 July 2018
A massive programme to repair roads across Rochdale borough has moved up a gear, with townships approving a hit list of more than 950 streets.
Councillor Kieran Heakin speaking at the event.
11 July 2018
Hundreds of young people and carers were entertained at our celebration day for the achievements of the borough’s cared for children.
Boxes of toothpaste littering a play area.
11 July 2018
Finding hundreds of boxes of toothpaste strewn across Eafield Road play area on Sunday didn’t make councillors Allen Brett or Aftab Hussain smile.
A sign outside a polling station.
11 July 2018
We are reviewing polling districts and polling places and seeking your feedback. We want to know if you think we are using the most convenient places for you to vote.
Director of Children's Services Gail Hopper, new Children's Champion Millie Connor and Councillor Kieran Heakin.
10 July 2018
Rochdale Town Hall hosted a special ceremony on Tuesday, 3 July 2018, as schoolchildren across the borough elected their new children’s champion.
Councillor Mohammed Zaman with Rochdale in Bloom and Armed Forces veterans.
09 July 2018
A beautiful floral pop up display has been installed next to the Gracie Fields Statue outside Rochdale Town Hall to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.
O2 gurus with Councillor Janet Emsley.
06 July 2018
Digital communications stores O2 Rochdale and O2 Middleton are backing this summer’s Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
Councillor Iftikhar Ahmed.
04 July 2018
Our cabinet member for adult care has accused the government of ‘dither and delay’ over its continued failure to find a long-term funding solution for social care.
Councillor Allen Brett with apprentices.
03 July 2018
We've been recognised as one of the top employers in the country after the Government hailed our pioneering apprenticeship scheme.
Councillor Janet Emsley with veterans John Sharp, Peter Clegg and David Forbes.
02 July 2018
The borough came together to mark the annual Armed Forces Day with a series of special flag raising events across local communities.
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Events

Rochdale Town Hall tours
07 May 2018
Various times and dates depending on which tour you'd like to attend. Find out details of our regular guided tours of Rochdale Town Hall. There's lots of different options to choose from.
Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run
07 October 2018
Rochdale Half Marathon and 10K returns for its 4th year. It’s one of the highlights of our sporting calendar.
Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival
15 October 2018
An exciting week of arts for all ages from Monday, 15 October 2018 to Monday, 22 October 2018, covering drama, comedy, poetry, children's shows and more.