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The mayor and mayoress with foster carers, Councillor Massey and Gail Hopper.
14 October 2019
25 families, who together have devoted a phenomenal combined 278 years to fostering children, were celebrated at the council’s annual long service awards.
A young child with a toy lion.
14 October 2019
A national week of action is urging anyone who has ever considered adopting to step forward, as the number of children needing loving homes continues to grow.
Pupils at Falinge Park watching a performance of Crossing the Line.
11 October 2019
In the run up to the Greater Manchester’s week of action against child exploitation education sessions were held in 5 of the borough’s secondary schools to highlight the warning signs that children could be being criminally exploited.
The dinosaur in the prehistoric garden with a BorrowBox cube in its mouth.
11 October 2019
A member of our libraries' team has bookmarked hundreds of pounds after snapping an iconic image to win a national photography competition.
Rochdale Borough Council logo.
11 October 2019
We've agreed to let traders run Rochdale market after a new proposal on how it could be run was put forward.
Gail Hopper.
09 October 2019
The government has confirmed that we're one of 18 local authorities nationally who will receive a share of £84 million to fund Strengthening Families, Protecting Children schemes.
Runners in the 2019 Williams BMW Half Marathon.
08 October 2019
Hundreds of runners from across the UK descended on Rochdale for the annual Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run on Sunday, 6 October 2019.
Attendees listen to accounts of survivors of honour based violence.
08 October 2019
National charity Karma Nirvana highlighted the importance of tackling honour based abuse and challenging extremist behaviour at an event in Rochdale.
Campaign poster for child exploitation.
07 October 2019
A campaign’s powerful imagery will highlight how children can be misjudged or stereotyped due to their behaviour.
Mascots at Rochdale AFC's ground with a Stoptober banner.
07 October 2019
Smokers in the borough of Rochdale are being encouraged to join the 200 people in England who quit smoking every hour.
Award winners with the mayor and mayoress.
07 October 2019
Primary schools in the borough of Rochdale have been commended for their commitment to providing healthier food options to their pupils.
One of the affected work surfaces at the takeaway.
04 October 2019
The owner of Shinwari Grill on Yorkshire Street in Rochdale has been fined over £14,000 after food hygiene officers found a maggot-infested rat in the kitchen.
Members of the adult care team.
04 October 2019
Our adaptations team has scooped the runner-up prize at a major national award ceremony for the outstanding service it delivers to local residents.
Veterans at the 2018 Festival of Remembrance.
03 October 2019
The borough will come together at Rochdale Town Hall for a special Festival of Remembrance to pay tribute to members of the Armed Forces community.
Amanda Clarke, Chair of the RBSCP.
02 October 2019
The borough’s safeguarding partners are coming together throughout October to share help, advice and practical tips for parents, carers and families.
Apprentice event.
01 October 2019
Young people from across the borough were given an insight into apprenticeships when they attended an event at our Number One Riverside offices.
Jules Evans.
01 October 2019
With just 2 weeks to go before the 2019 Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival, there are only a handful of tickets left for many events.
Half Marathon runners beginning the race.
30 September 2019
With just days to go before this year’s Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run, online entry has now closed for the event on Sunday, 6 October 2019.
A row of parked taxis.
30 September 2019
Private hire and taxi drivers across the borough of Rochdale are being urged to check the condition of their cars after 7 vehicles had their licences suspended.
Runners passing Hollingworth Lake.
27 September 2019
Residents are being warned about road closures during the Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run.
Crowds at the 2019 Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
27 September 2019
With this summer now a fading memory, attention is turning to next year’s Rochdale Feel Good Festival and the date for 2020 has been confirmed.
Chloe with Anthony Knowles and Warrant Officer Mark Johnson.
23 September 2019
Chloe Johnson received the highly commended award in the Advanced Apprentice of the year category.
The apprentices beginning work with us in September 2019.
20 September 2019
This week 26 new apprentices have taken up roles across the council and schools in a wide variety of departments. This is the largest intake of our apprentices taken on at one time.
Nikki Edwards.
19 September 2019
A growing family business set up from a bedroom in Rochdale is now a global company trading in 14 countries worldwide.
Konnie Huq.
18 September 2019
This year’s Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival is packed full of activities for children and young book lovers.
Cyclists racing past the town hall.
17 September 2019
The world’s top cyclists descended on Rochdale this weekend for the final day of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain.
Rochdale Borough Council logo.
16 September 2019
Rochdale Market is being closed with the last trading day set for Monday, 14 October 2019.
Foster carers Tracey and Keiron.
13 September 2019
A special event is being held for anyone who wants to know more about the rewarding role of fostering.
Healthy Hero Rochelle receiving a nasal vaccination.
13 September 2019
Nasal flu vaccinations will be offered to primary school children across the borough of Rochdale again this winter.
Councillor Allen Brett with children and parents.
13 September 2019
More than 600 youngsters enjoyed a summer of reading, exercise and healthy eating thanks to our pioneering Fit, Feed and Read scheme.
Tobacco detection dog Pippa uncovering illegal cigarettes.
12 September 2019
A tobacco detection dog named Pippa has helped our trading standards officers uncover illegal cigarettes and rolling tobacco.
An anti-littering poster at Hollingworth Lake.
12 September 2019
Littering of the oceans is now at the forefront of people’s minds but general littering of our countryside and towns continues.
Councillor Allen Brett.
10 September 2019
Additional money promised to councils for adults’ and children’s social care services will not be enough to make-up for years of government cuts, our leader has warned.
Runners at the Half Marathon.
10 September 2019
With just weeks to go before the 2019 Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run, remember to enter online ahead of the deadline of midnight on Sunday, 29 September 2019.
Dylan Groenewegen.
10 September 2019
Rochdale will be buzzing with excitement and entertainment on Saturday, 14 September 2019 as we welcome the OVO Energy Tour of Britain.
Trish and a foster child.
05 September 2019
A former teacher who gave up her career to become a foster carer is encouraging others to give teenagers a loving home.
The Japanese delegation.
05 September 2019
A leading delegation from the Japanese government visited us to discover how our award-winning adult care policies are improving the lives of local residents.
2 dogs in a cage.
04 September 2019
Residents are being advised to check who is looking after their animals after a spate of complaints to us about illegal animal businesses.
3 riders from Team INEOS.
03 September 2019
Former winner Dylan van Baarle and hotly-tipped Russian Pavel Sivakov headline Team INEOS’ 6-man squad for the OVO Energy Tour of Britain.
2 secondary school pupils.
02 September 2019
Parents of children who are due to start primary school or secondary in September 2020 can now apply for their child’s school place.
Chloe Johnson.
29 August 2019
More award success follows for our apprentice superstar Chloe Johnson as she is named as a regional finalist in the National Apprenticeship Awards.
Cyclists starting a race.
28 August 2019
More details have been announced about how Rochdale will welcome the OVO Energy Tour of Britain in September 2019.
Runners setting off.
28 August 2019
We’re planning to make the 2019 Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run the greenest one yet.
Dylan Groenewegen celebrating a victory.
27 August 2019
4-time Tour de France stage winner Dylan Groenewegen will return to the OVO Energy Tour of Britain this September for his 3rd appearance in the UK’s biggest professional cycle race.
Councillor Janet Emsley with members of Middleton Pubwatch.
23 August 2019
Door staff working at venues in Middleton town centre will wear body cameras to help cut down on alcohol-related crime and antisocial behaviour.
Jim Healey with the Mayor of Rochdale, Councillor Janet Emsley and family.
23 August 2019
We have honoured a 94-year-old veteran who played a key part in the D-Day landings on Normandy beaches.
Councillor Janet Emsley with children in a library.
23 August 2019
Youngsters taking part in this year’s summer reading challenge will be among the first to get their hands on specially created souvenir Dippy bookmarks.
Riz Ali, winner of the competition.
22 August 2019
Young local playwright Riz Ali has been crowned winner of a competition organised by Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival for 14-25 year olds and will now see their words brought to life on the stage this autumn.
Nomad Clan.
16 August 2019
A Rochdale-born internationally renowned mural artist who has worked all over the globe is coming back to her hometown to paint one of the most iconic buildings in the town centre.
The Medicine Tap.
15 August 2019
Rochdale's town centre has beaten off stiff competition to be shortlisted for the rising star award in the government’s Great British High Street Awards 2019.
John Craven.
15 August 2019
Another famous name is heading to Rochdale this autumn.
Councillor Iftikhar Ahmed with members of our adult care team.
15 August 2019
Rochdale Borough Council showed its feeling for sensory issues as scores of people attended their adult care’s annual awareness day at Number One Riverside.
Bottles of alcoholic drinks.
14 August 2019
Businesses selling alcohol are being warned that underage drinking will not be tolerated after 2 premises were caught selling alcohol to under-18s.
The Coral performing on the Rochdale Feel Good Festival stage.
13 August 2019
More than 11,000 people packed Rochdale town centre on Saturday for Rochdale Feel Good Festival - our annual celebration of music, food and family entertainment.
The 2018 winner.
08 August 2019
The shortlist for this year’s Rochdale Borough Design Awards has been announced, and it’s time for you to vote.
Racing cyclists.
08 August 2019
Team INEOS, Team Jumbo – Visma and Team Sunweb headline the 20 teams confirmed for this September’s OVO Energy Tour of Britain.
The Coral.
07 August 2019
Rochdale Feel Good Festival will be tickling tastebuds and filling the town with live music and family fun this weekend.
Konnie Huq will be appearing at the festival.
05 August 2019
Discounted tickets will be available for all shows booked by Tuesday, 27 August 2019.
A serving team in a pub.
01 August 2019
The official beer for this year’s Rochdale Feel Good Festival has been unveiled.
Rochdale Riverside.
01 August 2019
Rochdale’s new leisure and retail complex, Rochdale Riverside, has scored another occupier, with Hollywood Bowl Group signing a deal to bring its new indoor mini golf concept, Puttstars, to the scheme.
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Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival
14 October 2019

14-21 October 2019

An exciting week of arts for all ages, covering drama, comedy, poetry, children's shows and more.

Bonfire and firework displays
04 November 2019

4-6 November 2019

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A Royal Christmas Ball
20 December 2019

20-21 December 2019

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