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An old coach with passengers travelling.
19 November 2018
A unique piece of transport history will be officially unveiled in Rochdale this month.
Mayor of Rochdale Mohammed Zaman with Councillor Janet Emsley and other members.
16 November 2018
The borough’s Remembrance Day events were rounded off with a special beacon lighting ceremony outside Rochdale Town Hall.
Exterior of the town hall.
15 November 2018
It’s beginning to feel a little bit like Christmas, and on Saturday, 24 November 2018 from 1pm – 5.30pm at Rochdale Town Hall there’ll be more than mulled wine and mince pies before the lights are officially switched on for 2018.
Jamie Roache at his office in Rochdale.
14 November 2018
A decision to open a northern base in Rochdale has paid off for national energy company SSE.
Gladys Radburn and Elaine Stott.
13 November 2018
Rochdale Leisure Centre staff threw a birthday party to celebrate their oldest gym-goer, who has been revitalised by her fitness regime.
Local community holding flags to pay tributes at Remembrance Sunday service.
12 November 2018
Thousands gathered across the borough on Sunday, 11 November 2018 for Remembrance Day Services to honour the nation’s war heroes, commemorating 100 years since the end of the First World War.
Councillor Allen Brett sat with local market owners.
12 November 2018
Rochdale’s brand new indoor market opened its doors to the public this morning Monday, 12 November 2018.
Member of Youth Parliament Louis Tweedale and Anita.
09 November 2018
The starting gun has been fired on the new race to be the borough’s next Member of Youth Parliament.
Models posing in front of a vintage car at Rochdale Wedding Show.
09 November 2018
Couples planning to tie the knot will be heading to Rochdale town hall next year – when Rochdale Wedding Show returns on Sunday, 3 March 2019.
Armed forces community marking the refurbishments together.
09 November 2018
Rochdale’s Cenotaph has been restored to its former glory as part of the commemorations to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.
Councillor Billy Sheerin and other members conducting the opening ceremony of Willows Dementia Hub.
09 November 2018
A pioneering centre that will provide some of the UK's leading care and support for people living with dementia and their families has been opened.
Children in physical education class.
09 November 2018
St Mary’s Primary School, Middleton, have been put forward by the region’s mayor Andy Burnham to be in the running for a Greater Manchester Sports Award.
Town hall lit up.
09 November 2018
There’s a programme of free family entertainment at Rochdale Town Hall this month when the festive market and lights switch-on kicks off the countdown to Christmas.
A woman in a pub holding a glass of beer.
08 November 2018
The first Great RochdALE Festival of Champions Ale Trail gets ready to launch next week.
Kieran McDonnell, Nichola Cooke and Councillor Liam O'Rourke.
07 November 2018
The percentage of money we spend with local businesses in the borough of Rochdale has almost doubled.
Cigarette butt on the street.
06 November 2018
Action has been taken against 7 litter bugs who were caught dropping cigarette ends in Rochdale, as well as a fly-tipper.
View of Rochdale town centre.
06 November 2018
Businesses across Rochdale town centre have voted to form a Business Improvement District (BID), in a move which could generate £1.5 million over 5 years.
Council building at Number One Riverside.
06 November 2018
The latest round of budget savings proposals, part of £3.6 million of savings for 2019/20, have been approved and will now go forward to a full council meeting in December 2018.
Veterans parade into the great hall.
06 November 2018
The armed forces community came together for a poignant Festival of Remembrance at Rochdale Town Hall on Friday, 2 November 2018 evening.
Remembrance Sunday parade.
05 November 2018
Residents across the borough will pay their respects to those who have made sacrifices in defence of the country at this Sunday’s Remembrance Day Services.
Rochdale Borough Council winners.
05 November 2018
Months of hard work by volunteers and our staff has been recognised by judges from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) as all 4 areas in our blossoming borough have been awarded medals at the 2018 regional North West in Bloom competition.
Plan of the new employment space.
02 November 2018
Rochdale is enjoying a business revival, with government data showing that there are 1570 more businesses in the borough than there were last year.
A woman pressing cold towel on her forehead.
02 November 2018
The flu vaccination is now available for those at risk.
Exterior of Rochdale Town Hall during Rochdale Food and Drink Festival 2018.
01 November 2018
After a successful debut in 2018, Rochdale’s celebration of all things food and drink is set to spice-up the borough’s events calendar again in 2019.
Andrea Fallon, Councillor Allen Brett and Dr Chris Duffy at a flu vaccine session.
01 November 2018
​​​NHS and Rochdale Borough Council staff are fighting the flu by getting vaccinated this winter.
Fireworks display at Cronkeyshaw Common.
01 November 2018
The borough’s firework retailers have proved they really are ‘Good Guys’ as recent undercover tests found no premises selling fireworks to under 18s.
Louis Tweedale.
31 October 2018
Mental health was voted as the top priority for the borough’s young people as a tremendous 6,712 votes were cast in this year’s ‘Make Your Mark’ event.
Rochdale Borough Council logo.
31 October 2018
Councillors have agreed to lease the land for 2 new schools in the borough to whichever organisation is successful in its bid for government funding to open a new free school in the borough.
Councillor Allen Brett.
31 October 2018
We've recovered hundreds of thousands of pounds after successful investigations into fraudsters.
Helen Walton and Caroline Wolfenden holding gifts given by people.
30 October 2018
Very soon we will be seeking donations to this year’s Christmas Toy Appeal, which helps make sure local children living in poverty have presents to open on Thursday, 25 December 2018.
Councillor Neil Emmott filling his shovel with gritting salt.
30 October 2018
Our teams are ready to hit the road to tackle ice, sleet, flooding and snow this winter. Gritting began last week and now 8 gritters are on standby ready to help keep the borough’s main roads safe.
Children dressed in Halloween costumes.
30 October 2018
This Halloween parents are being urged to ensure their families don’t suffer the wrong kind of fright.
Councillor Kieran Heakin.
29 October 2018
Parents of children across the borough who are due to start secondary school in September 2019 only have a few days left to apply for their child’s school place as applications close on Wednesday, 31 October 2018.
Shiv Jalota as Christopher.
29 October 2018
A specially staged production of the National Theatre’s award-winning play, ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’ will be coming to 3 secondary schools in Rochdale in partnership with The Lowry Theatre.
Councillor Iftikhar Ahmed.
26 October 2018
A centre that aims to provide the UK’s leading care and support for people living with dementia and their families will open next month.
Foster Carer award won by Patricia Mills.
25 October 2018
Local foster carer Patricia Mills is recognised with a top national award for her outstanding commitment to foster care.
Town hall shining in blue light and people gathered outside.
24 October 2018
The countdown to Christmas begins in Rochdale next month as we confirm the return of a festive market at the town hall, a big Christmas lights switch-on and dazzling firework display on Saturday, 24 November 2018.
Group of people holding their pledges with Stoptober button.
24 October 2018
Rochdale Borough Council and partners have pledged their commitment to making smoking history this Stoptober.
Mayor of Rochdale with 2 foster carers as the awards.
23 October 2018
19 families from across the borough who have devoted 185 years to fostering children were celebrated at our annual long service awards.
Simon Armitage reading at Rochdale literature festival.
23 October 2018
Internationally renowned poet Simon Armitage CBE read some of his latest poetry collections at a sold-out St Chad’s Church in Rochdale for the finale of this year’s Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival.
Professor of Architecture Sally Stone with 2 students.
22 October 2018
Rochdale has been compared to one of the world’s most visited cities by a leading Professor of Architecture.
The winners cheering at the Bloom Awards.
22 October 2018
Rochdale has scooped a top award at the biggest and most prestigious horticultural competition in the country, Britain in Bloom.
Crowd enjoying show at Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
18 October 2018
​Rochdale Feel Good Festival gave town centre businesses a £280,000 boost, says an independent economic analysis of our celebration of music and food.
Screen at Odeon Rochdale showing We Are One.
18 October 2018
12 primary schools from across the borough saw their film, ‘We Are the One’, premiered at Rochdale Odeon.
Cadets marching in Remembrance Sunday parade.
17 October 2018
Residents across the borough will have the chance to pay their respects to those who have made sacrifices in defence of the country at this year’s Remembrance Day services.
Adoption Now logo.
17 October 2018
As the number of children in need of loving, nurturing homes continues to grow, one of the region’s top adoption agencies is urging people to step forward and find out more about adoption as a route to building or extending their family.
Businesswoman talking in meeting.
16 October 2018
A free business training course is coming to Rochdale to help support residents who want to start their own businesses.
Logo for Educate Awards.
15 October 2018
Kentmere Primary School and Cardinal Langley Sixth Form are both up for top awards as finalists in the Educate Awards.
A woman and man acting in the theatre.
12 October 2018
There was a packed audience at Touchstones last night (Thursday, 11 October 2018) for the launch of Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival
Professionals in the town hall, listening to the speaker.
11 October 2018
A host of agencies came together in Rochdale last week to learn about new ways of working to help support families, reduce conflict and maintain positive relationships.
Councillor Janet Emsley with Joseph Lupton and family members.
11 October 2018
A young library member is celebrating after winning the prize draw following our popular Summer Reading Challenge.
Councillors Iftikhar Ahmed and Billy Sheerin with members of the adult care team.
11 October 2018
A key national report has hailed our adaptation provision as ‘forward-thinking and innovative’.
Louise Minchin.
11 October 2018
The biggest arts event in the borough - Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival - returns next week, bringing stars of page, stage and screen to town with 35 shows in 8 days.
Hannah Ellis Ryan, Mina Anwar and Krissi Bohn.
11 October 2018
Well known faces from stage and screen will be appearing at the Curtain Theatre in Rochdale this month during Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival.
We want to spend more with local businesses.
09 October 2018
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 next month.
Runners of the marathon starting the race.
09 October 2018
Hundreds of runners from across the country descended on Rochdale on Sunday 7, October 2018 for the annual Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run.
Councillor Billy Sheerin and Councillor Iftikhar Ahmed with mental health professionals.
05 October 2018
A ground-breaking new mental health service has officially opened to the public.
Radiator.
05 October 2018
A scheme to help Rochdale residents stay warm over winter is heating up, with more cash secured for the project.
Senior Coroner Joanne Kearsley, bereavement nurse Milly Cooke, Area Coroner Lisa Jeanette Hashmi.
04 October 2018
The country’s first bereavement nurse assigned to a coroner’s office started her new role this week.
Festival of remembrance.
04 October 2018
A poignant Festival of Remembrance will be held next month to mark 100 years since the end of World War One.
Councillor Allen Brett at the building site.
03 October 2018
A new road is set to open in Rochdale town centre as the Rochdale Riverside shopping and leisure development continues to take shape.
Picture of Councillor Iftikhar Ahmed.
03 October 2018
We have welcomed the government’s announcement of extra funding for social care but warned that more money is needed to avert a future crisis.
5 winners of the junior parkrun with council's superhero.
03 October 2018
Children from Queen’s Park junior parkrun are raring to go for this weekend’s Williams BMW Rochdale Fun Run after being visited by a local superhero.
Spectators cheering on the runners.
03 October 2018
Runners and spectators are getting ready for the Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run this Sunday, 7 October 2018 morning when over 1200 runners hit the road for the annual event.
Councillor Billy Sheerin and Councillor Iftikhar Ahmed with volunteers.
02 October 2018
An innovative befriending service is looking for volunteers to provide help and support in a drive to combat isolation and loneliness across the borough.
A little girl wearing headphones.
01 October 2018
There’s lots for children and families to look forward to at this year’s Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival.
Announcer Dave Sweetmore.
01 October 2018
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, 7 October 2018 and the final countdown is on.
Primary school children raising their arms.
01 October 2018
Parents of children who are due to start primary school in September 2019 can apply for their child’s first school place from Monday, 1 October 2018.
Councillor Allen Brett with representatives from Willmott Dixon.
28 September 2018
The retail and leisure development in Rochdale town centre is moving forward fast, with an official steel signing ceremony taking place at the site.
Councillor Janet Emsley with council staff.
28 September 2018
Staff and councillors at Rochdale Borough Council stretched their legs to celebrate National Fitness Day.
Rochdale Town Hall.
28 September 2018
Businesses urged to celebrate their success at annual awards
Rubbish dumped on the side of a street.
28 September 2018
5 more people have been fined after our investigations linked them to rubbish found fly-tipped in Rochdale, Heywood and Middleton.
Runners of the marathon.
27 September 2018
Runners and spectators are getting ready for the Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run on Sunday, 7 October 2018 when over 1100 runners are expected to hit the road for the annual event.
Councillors with children from Castleton Primary School.
27 September 2018
We are taking a novel approach to improving literacy levels among youngsters with our ‘library card for every child’ initiative.
Councillor Billy Sheerin and Councillor Janet Emsley with members from the armed forces.
25 September 2018
The Castleton community turned out in force at a service to dedicate a special memorial stone.
Councillor Billy Sheerin with Hulton Care Home staff.
25 September 2018
A Middleton care home has been hailed after receiving an outstanding accreditation for the high quality of care it provides.
Runners starting the Half Marathon.
24 September 2018
Please be aware of road closures in place during the Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run, which returns on Sunday, 7 October 2018 between 10am and 2pm.
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.
Our 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
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