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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.
Link4Life Programme Manager Scott Hardy with competition winner Amelia Platt and Healthy Hero Rochelle.
29 June 2018
4 primary school pupils from the borough of Rochdale have been announced winners of a competition to design a 70th birthday card for the NHS in this very special year.
Reflexologist Michelle Mills in her new office.
29 June 2018
A solution for stressed out office workers may have been found in Rochdale – after massage therapist and reflexologist Michelle Mills moved to Globe House business centre in the town.
Artist's impression of the revamped museum.
29 June 2018
Plans to redevelop Rochdale’s Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum are firing on all cylinders, with the National Lottery approving a £1.7 million grant to transform the space.
Councillor Janet Emsley with People's Powerhouse Chair Edna Robinson and radio host Helen Nugent.
26 June 2018
One of the most important centenaries in British history – the Representation of the People Act 1918 was celebrated in Rochdale last week during a special evening at the town hall.
Councillor Kieran Heakin.
25 June 2018
Our youth service has launched its new Youth Opportunity Fund to give young people across the borough the chance to apply for money to finance new activities.
Our leader, Councillor Allen Brett.
25 June 2018
We're warning residents that unless two ‘desperately-needed’ new schools are built hundreds of primary school children face long journeys or even leaving the borough for their secondary education.
Band portrait of Scuttlers.
22 June 2018
Local band Scuttlers are celebrating after getting a slot on the main stage of this summer’s Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
The Mayor, Councillor Mohammed Zaman, with the winners on the town hall steps.
22 June 2018
Primary schools in the borough of Rochdale have been commended for their commitment to providing healthier food options to their pupils.
A 2017 winner in Edenfield.
22 June 2018
Green-fingered residents are being encouraged to get gardening as the Alleyways in Bloom competition returns for its 11th year.
A bee resting on a cornflower.
22 June 2018
Bees, butterflies and a host of small insects and animals are getting the boost they need thanks to our scheme.
Outgoing children's champion, George Holt.
21 June 2018
Outgoing children’s champion George Holt shares his highlights as the borough gets set to elect a new children's champion.
Children with their teacher in a science class.
21 June 2018
Rockets, magnets, and electricity were among many of the things on test at Lowerplace Primary School as part of the national Great Science Share.
A mother and her daughters at the event.
21 June 2018
Families packed into Rochdale’s Springfield Park for an afternoon of stories, songs and games to celebrate National Bookstart Week.
Councillor Allen Brett
21 June 2018
Regional transport bosses have signalled their support for our plan to link Middleton with Greater Manchester’s Metrolink system.
Councillor Kieran Heakin.
20 June 2018
This week sees the start of the It’s Not Okay Greater Manchester week of action on child sexual exploitation.
Runners getting ready for the fun run.
20 June 2018
Entry for Williams BMW Rochdale Fun Run opens next month.
Councillor Sara Rowbotham and Senior Library and Information Assistant Joanna Yeomans.
19 June 2018
Libraries across Rochdale have taken delivery of new mental health books as part of the Reading Well for mental health scheme.
Volunteers working on the wall.
19 June 2018
We don’t believe that anybody feels the way we do about the volunteers who joined forces to plant the new ‘Wonderwall’ at Rochdale’s Crown Oil Arena.
The 6 candidates.
19 June 2018
The hopes of the 6 candidates are now in the hands of primary schools across the borough.
A falcon in flight.
19 June 2018
They already have a bird’s eye view of Rochdale and now the falcon chicks nesting at the Town Hall have names to be proud of.
Rochdale's Healthy Hero Rochelle with the team from Derby Street Children's Centre.
18 June 2018
We've signed up to a new campaign to promote healthier drink choices for under 5s across the borough.
Councillor John Blundell and business owner Karen Simpson.
18 June 2018
It’s so-fa so good for the new Heywood furniture business, Simpson Furniture, which has just opened its doors at Church Place.
Make Music Day logo.
18 June 2018
An evening of free live music is on offer in Rochdale this week as part of an international celebration of music.
A nurse with a patient.
18 June 2018
Women in Rochdale are being encouraged to check they are up to date with their cervical screening as part of cerraged to check they are up to date with their cervical screening as part of cervical screening awareness week.
Councillor Janet Emsley with police staff and our community safety team.
15 June 2018
Local groups from the voluntary, not for profit and charitable sector are now able to apply for thousands of pounds of new grant funding.
Councillor Kieran Heakin.
15 June 2018
Four schools in the borough have been shortlisted in to the Greater Manchester School Awards.
The Urban Astronaut.
15 June 2018
A new fun and interactive Family Zone for parents and children is being introduced as part of Rochdale Feel Good Festival this summer.
Councillor John Blundell, Martyn Fishwick and Jasmine Chackeray-Bowker.
14 June 2018
The 1st of 40 new industrial units to help growing businesses in Rochdale have been snapped up, bringing 15 new jobs into the borough.
Councillors Iftikhar Ahmed and Billy Sheerin with residents.
14 June 2018
Rochdale nursing home The Mews has been praised by our cabinet member for adult care after its outstanding inspection report.
The youth band playing and marching through the streets.
12 June 2018
Rochdale Music Service’s youth brand band hit top marks and top notes at the annual Saddleworth band contest.
Pupils from the 6 schools posing with their art.
12 June 2018
Move over Picasso - pupils from schools in Heywood are showing off their artistic talent for all to see.
Suffragettes marching.
12 June 2018
Later this month Rochdale celebrates one of the most important centenaries in British history – the Representation of the People Act 1918 which paved the way to all men and women over 21 gaining the right to vote 10 years later.
Flying Horse Hotel manager Patricia Boothman and the service team.
01 June 2018
Renowned local business The Flying Horse Hotel has thrown its support behind Rochdale Feel Good Festival, sponsoring the main stage for the 10th consecutive year.
The new link road.
01 June 2018
Rochdale’s excellent transport links have moved up a gear, with the opening of a new link road to connect Oldham Road and Rochdale railway station.
Group portrait of Last Ride Home.
31 May 2018
4 more acts have been added to the line-up for this year’s Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
A falcon chick.
30 May 2018
Entries are set to flock in for our ‘Name the peregrine falcon chick’ competition. Find out how you can get involved.
An exterior shot of Rochdale Town Hall.
30 May 2018
Town Hall Square is set to undergo a massive redevelopment as part of plans to put it at the centre of a transformed public realm in the heart of Rochdale.
Two young children and their mother at the park.
29 May 2018
Hundreds of children are set to pack into Rochdale’s Springfield Park to enjoy an afternoon of stories, songs and games to celebrate National Bookstart Week.
Two couples enjoying the event.
29 May 2018
As temperatures soared, appetites were well and truly satisfied as crowds tucked into a double helping of food, drink and entertainment at the Street Eat festival.
Adult carers enjoying Carers Week.
24 May 2018
Local carers will take centre stage during a week of celebrations to mark National Carers’ Week from Monday, 11 to Monday, 18 June.
Caroline Kennedy, Councillor Janet Emsley, Lisa O'Neill-Rogan, Bryan Beresford and Punam Ramchurn.
23 May 2018
Aspiring young writers can show off their creative talents in a special playwriting competition asking them to pen a ‘different story of Rochdale’.
The 5 award winners with newsreader John Suchet.
22 May 2018
Young people from across the borough were invited to Buckingham Palace to celebrate their Duke of Edinburgh’s success.
Customers dining at the Street Eat festival.
18 May 2018
Last-minute preparations are under way for Street Eat which takes place over the May Bank Holiday Weekend. The 2-day festival will be serving up another helping for anyone looking for something to eat, drink and free entertainment.
The Mayor and Councillor Janet Emsley with students and staff from Hopwood Hall College.
18 May 2018
Residents of the borough of Rochdale came together to celebrate International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT).
Councillor Janet Emsley, Paul Cocker, Catherine Dewar and Councillor John Blundell
18 May 2018
The revival of one of Rochdale’s most famous historic shopping streets has moved a step closer, following the official launch of the Heritage Action Zone project in the town centre.
Our leader, Councillor Allen Brett, with Carl Herbert and Gary Dearden.
17 May 2018
2 ex-members of the armed forces are forging a new career helping to build the new Rochdale after landing jobs at Willmott Dixon, the local contractor building the £80m Rochdale Riverside retail and leisure development.
The new Mayor and Mayoress.
16 May 2018
The borough welcomed its new Mayor as Councillor Mohammed Zaman was sworn-in during a ceremony at Rochdale Town Hall last night.
The Curious Incident members posing on park benches.
15 May 2018
More acts have been added to the line-up for this year’s Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
Artist's impression of the redeveloped Bright Hall.
09 May 2018
Plans to transform Rochdale Town Hall, one of the best examples of Victorian architecture in the country, have been given an initial boost after the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) approved the first stage of an £8.9M bid.
Band portrait of The Uplifters
04 May 2018
3 more exciting and uplifting acts have been revealed for this summer’s Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
The Healthy Heroes cartoon characters.
03 May 2018
The NHS turns 70 years old on 5 July 2018 and NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group (HMR CCG) in partnership with us have launched a competition for primary school children to design a 70th birthday card for the NHS
Last year's male winner.
02 May 2018
Prizes for the Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon and 10K which takes place this October have been confirmed.
Fusiliers parading through Rochdale town centre.
01 May 2018
The 50th anniversary of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers was marked with a day of celebrations and a parade through Rochdale town centre.
Rich Hall performing on stage.
01 May 2018
Top comedy is returning to Middleton Arena next month - grouchy deadpan American comic Rich Hall is back with his ‘Hoedown’ show on Saturday, 9 June 2018, during the second leg of his national tour.
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Events

Marie Curie Blooming Great Tea Party
20 July 2018
Come along and join us for coffee and a slice of cake this July at our Blooming Great Tea Party.
Rochdale Feel Good Festival
18 August 2018
Fabulous FREE entertainment in Rochdale town centre. There will be live music, a quality food and drink village and family entertainment.
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.