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Biggest hits on the main stage seeing double.
26 May 2017
Britpop hits and songs from one of the world's biggest bands will fill the stage on the Friday evening line-up at this summer's Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
Cartwheel Arts run a range of popular projects for people of all ages.
26 May 2017
A thriving Heywood-based arts charity is helping to raise awareness of mental health issues thanks its innovative and pioneering projects which are benefitting hundreds of people across the borough.
Meet the dream clean team.
22 May 2017
Rochdale Town Hall is already an award winning building, but now our team responsible for keeping the Grade 1 listed Victorian Gothic masterpiece in tip top condition have scooped a national accolade themselves.
Ride Rochdale - back to track.
22 May 2017
The benefits and fun of cycling for people with disabilities were highlighted at Kingsway Sports Centre in Rochdale this weekend with our 'Ride Rochdale' accessible cycling day.
Exploitation is never the victim's fault
19 May 2017
Steve Rumbelow, the chief executive of Rochdale Borough Council, who joined the organisation in 2014, said: "There has been a fundamental change in attitudes from the top to the bottom of the town hall.
Maureen Maguire with son John.
18 May 2017
An innovative gas safety scheme is helping hundreds of Rochdale residents stay warm, healthy and secure in their own homes.
Vicolo.
18 May 2017
If you’re looking for something to eat, drink and FREE entertainment, head down to the new Street Eat event taking over Rochdale Town Hall Square on Saturday, 27 and Sunday, 28 May 2017.
Councillor Ian Duckworth new Mayor.
18 May 2017
The borough welcomed our new Mayor as former soldier Councillor Ian Duckworth was sworn-in during a ceremony at Rochdale Town Hall last night.
England, Birmingham, Birmingham and Solihull Jazz and Blues Festival. Ragestan Heritage Brass Band at the Botanical Gardens.
17 May 2017
The Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band will be bringing vibrant colourful style, music and enchanting beats onto the main stage at this year’s Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
The award winning schools with the Mayor of Rochdale and lead officers from Rochdale Borough Council.
16 May 2017
Schools in the borough of Rochdale have been commended for their commitment towards providing and promoting healthier food options to their pupils.
Joanna Rowsell Shand MBE with bike
12 May 2017
The benefits of cycling for people with disabilities will be highlighted at Kingsway Sports Centre in Rochdale this month when the 'Ride Rochdale' accessible cycling day is staged.
Baked A La Ska
10 May 2017
Popular Manchester band ‘Baked A La Ska’ will play the main stage at this year’s Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
The opening of the new facility.
05 May 2017
A state-of-the-art changing facility for people with disabilities has been opened by Rochdale Borough Council’s adult care service.
Honeyfeet.
02 May 2017
Two exciting new acts have been added to the line-up for this year’s Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
David Mark with literature lovers at Touchstones Arts and Heritage Centre.
28 April 2017
2 local foodbanks took a novel approach and included free books in food parcels as part of the borough’s World Book Night celebrations.
Polling day arrangements for GM Mayor Elections.
28 April 2017
Issued on behalf of the Combined Authority Returning Officer For Greater Manchester. Polling day arrangements for GM Mayor Elections.
Razorlight to headline Rochdale Feel Good Festival - Headliner.
27 April 2017
Indie rockers Razorlight will headline Rochdale Feel Good Festival this summer.
Street Eat.
26 April 2017
If you’re looking for something to eat, drink and FREE entertainment, head down to the new Street Eat event coming to Rochdale Town Hall Square on Saturday, 27 and Sunday, 28 May 2017.
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.
Double Olympic champion urges women to 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.
Get me to Rochdale Wedding Show on time!!
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.
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Bowlee Car Boot Sale and Collectors
23 April 2017
Every Sunday (or Monday on bank holiday weekends​) until 18 September 2017. One of Greater Manchester’s most popular outdoor car boot events.
Street Eat, Rochdale Town Hall Square
27 May 2017
Saturday, 27 - Sunday, 28 May 2017. Tasty street food, prepared by the town’s restaurant chefs. Great value food and drink, music and family fun.
Rochdale Feel Good Festival
11 August 2017
Friday, 11 August - Saturday, 12 August 2017. Indie rockers Razorlight headline. Live music, a quality food court and family fun.
Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon and 10K
08 October 2017
Rochdale Half Marathon and 10K returns for its third year. It’s one of the highlights of our sporting calendar.