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Railway tracks.
19 January 2018
The council leader is calling on the government to build a new railway station in Rochdale as part of new £70bn proposals unveiled this week to overhaul transport links across the north of England.
SIMS team with their accreditation.
19 January 2018
For the eighth consecutive year the council’s school support team have been accredited by Capita for the excellent support they provide, making them one of only 24 accredited local authority support teams in the country.
Phiz Lab at Lowerplace primary school.
18 January 2018
Rochdale's Sir Peter Ogden opens Phiz Lab at Lowerplace primary to benefit primary schools across the borough and inspire children into physics.
Councillor Janet Emsley.
17 January 2018
Another exciting chapter in the 5-year history of Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival will be written this October (2018).
School students giving up loving pop.
17 January 2018
Two schools in the borough of Rochdale are set to give up sugary drinks this month in a bid to raise awareness of the damage too much sugar can have on children’s health.
Nisha Katona.
15 January 2018
The region's foodies are in for a treat – tickets are now on sale for cookery shows in the festival kitchen at Rochdale Food and Drink Festival, being staged on Saturday, 24 March 2018 in and around Rochdale Town Hall.
Homeless person.
12 January 2018
The council is stepping up its efforts to support people on the streets in Rochdale as the cold weather continues.
Member of Youth Parliament 2018 candidates.
12 January 2018
Following a closely contested application and interview process, 6 candidates have started campaigning to become Rochdale's Member of Youth Parliament.
DJ Dave Sweetmore.
11 January 2018
Popular hometown DJ Dave Sweetmore will be hosting the main stage at this year's Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum.
11 January 2018
Proposals for the complete renovation of the Greater Manchester Fire Station Museum will be showcased to the public for the first time this Friday, 12 January 2018 and Saturday, 13 January 2018.
3 brides inside a car.
11 January 2018
Couples planning to tie the knot will be heading to Rochdale town hall again later this year – when Rochdale Wedding Show returns on Sunday, 15 April 2018.
Rochdale Riverside.
05 January 2018
Rochdale Borough Council’s Cabinet has reaffirmed its commitment to the Rochdale Riverside retail and leisure development.
Make 2018 the year you give up for good.
04 January 2018
The Rochdale borough’s 31,953 smokers are being encouraged to make a quit attempt this New Year to prevent poisons from tar in cigarettes entering the bloodstream, quickly spreading around the body and causing damage to major organs.
Council Leader Councillor Allen Brett
02 January 2018
Council Leader Councillor Allen Brett has urged national broadcasters to step out of the Westminster bubble and use the iconic sound of Rochdale’s famous town hall bells on their programmes.
Singer and orchestra on stage.
02 January 2018
The arrival of the New Year was celebrated in Rochdale on Sunday, 31 December 2017 with 2 dazzling fireworks displays, live music and a party atmosphere enjoyed by thousands in the town centre.
Councillor Kieran Heakin
22 December 2017
Rochdale Borough Council’s children's social care team are going to be working hard all over Christmas, maintaining our support and safeguarding services to families across the borough.
Council Leader Allen Brett.
22 December 2017
Rochdale Council leader Allen Brett has sent an upbeat Christmas and New Year message to residents across the borough.
Adult care workers and woman in a wheelchair.
21 December 2017
Rochdale Borough Council’s adult care team is going the extra mile over Christmas. Staff are working throughout the festive period to deal with emergencies and ensure people are supported and cared for.
Person carrying crossing sign on street.
21 December 2017
Local job seekers are in line for an early Christmas present, with a new council policy which makes a commitment that certain roles will be for borough residents only.
Festive crowd at night outside Rochdale Town Hall.
21 December 2017
New Year’s Eve in Rochdale town centre will feature 2 firework displays together with family entertainment in the afternoon and a 14 piece orchestra performing at night on the Esplanade by Rochdale Town Hall.
Cosmetics.
20 December 2017
Online shoppers are being urged to be extra cautious this Christmas after counterfeit cosmetics were seized from an online seller based in the borough.
Stage and stalls at Feel Good Festival 2017.
20 December 2017
The countdown to Rochdale Feel Good Festival 2018 has begun with the announcement of the date for next summer’s event. The festival will return on Saturday, 18 August 2018 and we promise another showcase of top class entertainment, food and culture.
Rochdale town centre.
20 December 2017
A new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) covering Rochdale town centre is set to come into force after councillors agreed to introduce the measure, which is intended to help create a welcoming environment for shoppers, visitors and businesses.
William Wild.
20 December 2017
​​​A 92-year-old Middleton veteran received an early Christmas present after receiving France's highest military honour for helping liberate the country in World War Two.
Hate crime. Together we can end it.
20 December 2017
Local community organisations, charities and social enterprises are being given the opportunity to apply for grant funding to help them make an impact during next year's Hate Crime Awareness Week.
Rich Hall.
20 December 2017
More top comedy is coming to Middleton Arena - grouchy deadpan American comic Rich Hall will return to the popular venue next year with his ‘Hoedown’ show, 8pm on Saturday, 9 June 2018.
Trampoline park.
19 December 2017
A new trampoline park has just somersaulted into town, bringing with it 20 new jobs for Rochdale residents.
Church tower with tinsel wrapped around it.
19 December 2017
A number of our non-critical services will not be available from 5pm Friday, 22 December until Tuesday, 2 January, although emergency phonelines will be in operation throughout.
Jean-Christophe Novelli.
18 December 2017
Our brand new festival will be staged on Saturday, 24 March 2018. Multi award-winning television chef Jean-Christophe Novelli and Indian street food restauranteur Nisha Katona will be amongst the guests cooking at Rochdale Food and Drink Festival.
Railway tracks.
15 December 2017
Rochdale is on track for a direct rail link to Manchester airport by summer 2018, following the completion of the Ordsall Chord railway line.
Mayor’s youth awards.
15 December 2017
The search is on for the borough’s next young superstar as the Mayor’s Youth Award’s launches.
Councillor Allen Brett.
14 December 2017
The new leader of Rochdale Borough Council has called for unity and asked people to “pull together” as he begins his new role.
Close-up of saxophone being played.
14 December 2017
New Year’s Eve in Rochdale town centre is shaping up to be another cracker - the day will feature 2 firework displays together with family entertainment in the afternoon and a live orchestra performing at night on the Esplanade.
Our top 10 catering team.
11 December 2017
sizzling school catering team has been named as one of the tastiest in the UK. Our team based at Lowerplace Primary School in Rochdale was named by Education Business Magazine as one of the top 10 in the country for providing outstanding catering.
Rochdale town centre.
08 December 2017
Rochdale town centre could be in line for a grant in the region of £500,000, as Historic England announced it has been named one of just 8 'Heritage Action Zones' across the country.
Staff with donated toys.
07 December 2017
There’s only a week left to donate to this year’s Christmas Toy Appeal and help give local children living in poverty a great Christmas Day. The appeal is organised by our staff-run ‘Giving Back’ charity.
Turkey in an oven.
07 December 2017
Residents are being advised how to avoid food poisoning and make sure their Christmas isn’t a turkey this year. Rochdale Borough Council is backing the Food Standards Agency's ‘Let’s Talk Turkey’ campaign.
Starting line at 2017 Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon.
06 December 2017
The starting gun has been fired for the opening of registration for next year’s Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon and 10K and prices have been slashed by up to 28% for the event’s early bird offer.
Irene Peachey receives Bookstart award.
06 December 2017
Rochdale Borough Council librarian Irene Peachey is celebrating again after officially receiving her award for decades of promoting reading to youngsters.
Gold awards at North West In Bloom - winners.
05 December 2017
The talents and hard work of Rochdale Borough Council, In Bloom Groups, businesses, communities and residents were rewarded with a record number of prestigious gold awards at the annual Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) North West In Bloom award ceremony.
Staff Awards group photograph.
05 December 2017
The outstanding achievements of our employees were recognised during The Ace Staff Awards held at the town hall.
Youth Wind Band Gold Award.
04 December 2017
Rochdale music services’ youth wind band were given a gold award at the regional heat of the National Concert Band Festival which is the largest wind band and big band festival in the UK.
Christmas card winner.
04 December 2017
Christmas has come early for 16 year old Sana Ahmad from Rochdale. The Redwood School pupil's design was chosen for our Chief Executive Steve Rumbelow' s official card after winning a festive design competition.
Maise Byron Lewis Baker and Tyler Lord perform Dani California.
01 December 2017
A musical singing showcase has been set up by the council’s music service to get more high school pupils involved in demonstrating their talents.
Hamer Primary School.
30 November 2017
Local schoolchildren got a lesson in life-saving with a special cardiac smart training session on how to use defibrillators.
Rochdale's Carers' Rights Day.
29 November 2017
Rochdale's Carers' Rights Day was hailed as the most successful ever after hundreds of carers found out about all the help, advice and support available to them.
Cotton Famine.
29 November 2017
A year after featuring in a hit television documentary Rochdale’s famous Cotton Famine Road is in the news again following a huge cash injection to promote the area.
Youth service.
29 November 2017
Rochdale and Oldham councils are offering more training for youth workers in a bid to boost numbers in their areas.
STARS.
29 November 2017
The council’s adult care has been ranked as one of the best across the north west in a national survey of service users.
Save Samantha cheque.
29 November 2017
Staff from the council’s fostering team completed a knockout challenge to raise over £700 for lifesaving treatment.
Face painting.
29 November 2017
Over 250 Balderstone and Kirkholt residents attended a ‘Wild West’ event with a festive twist at St Thomas’ Church in Rochdale.
Employment team.
29 November 2017
The council’s Employment Links Team won 2 accolades at the recent Greater Manchester Skills for Employment Awards, at a ceremony organised by the Growth Company.
End violence against women.
28 November 2017
The council and its partners have pledged their support for the White Ribbon Campaign, which aims to put a stop to violence against women.
Christmas present.
27 November 2017
A selection of Rochdale’s best small businesses will be showcasing a selection yuletide treats at a special Christmas Market to celebrate Small Business Saturday on 2 December 2017.
Frozen.
27 November 2017
Festive fever spread to Rochdale this weekend as the countdown to Christmas started with the lights switch-on and a dazzling fireworks display at the town hall.
Tiger's Tale.
22 November 2017
Children get in on the circus act as council and M6 theatre link for special project.
Festive market.
20 November 2017
Rochdale's festive countdown kicks off this weekend, when the town hall stages a Christmas Market followed by the lights-switch on and fireworks on Saturday, 25 November 2017.
Against loan sharks.
20 November 2017
Organisations across the borough of Rochdale have been gaining the skills they need to fight loans sharks and the problems they can cause in communities.
Give HIV the finger.
20 November 2017
Rochdale borough residents are being encouraged to find out their HIV status by ‘giving HIV the finger' during National HIV Testing Week, Saturday, 18 - Saturday, 25 November 2017.
Film launch.
16 November 2017
Pupils from Kingsway Park High School were treated to the full film star experience to a packed out screen premiering their film.
Defibrillator.
16 November 2017
Heywood is on track to becoming ‘cardiac smart’ as another life-saving defibrillator gets up and running at the town’s famous Queen’s Park.
New heritage, cultural and spiritual centre.
16 November 2017
A poignant memorial dedicated to the life of popular Rochdale Borough Council librarian Sheila Sfrijan has officially opened.
Middleton School.
15 November 2017
One of the most important historic buildings in Middleton is to be totally restored in a council and lottery revamp which tops half a million pounds.
Rochdale Cenotaph.
15 November 2017
A quartet of historic lights around Rochdale Cenotaph have been restored to their former glory.
Premiere of the 'Don't Hate Me Film' at St Luke's Primary School.
14 November 2017
Ahead of anti-bullying week, St Luke's Primary School launches a short film against hate crime with help from Rochdale Borough Council and M6 Theatre.
Pavillion.
14 November 2017
The shortlist for this year's Rochdale Borough Design Awards sponsored by Countryside Properties has been announced, and it's time for you to vote.
Rochdale Youth Brass Band.
14 November 2017
Rochdale Youth Brass Band reign supreme in popular contest.
Angie’s Angels.
14 November 2017
An inspiring group of volunteers who help ensure scores of homeless people are provided with furniture, food and toiletries when they are re-housed have been honoured.
Remembrance Sunday.
13 November 2017
Thousands gathered across the borough on Sunday for Remembrance Day Services to honour the nation's war heroes.
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10 November 2017
A much-loved Rochdale librarian who has dedicated more than 40 years to helping babies and toddlers develop a love of books and reading has scooped a national award for her dedicated work.
Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon and 10K.
10 November 2017
​The date for next year's Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon and 10K will be Sunday, 7 October 2018.
Mr and Mrs Shaw.
10 November 2017
27 families from across the borough who have devoted 170 years to fostering children were celebrated at the council's annual long service awards.
Springfield Park's running track.
10 November 2017
Residents can get their running shoes on once again, as renovation works return disused running track to its former glory.
Local Government Chronicle awards ceremony
10 November 2017
Rochdale is in the running for 2 more prestigious local government awards after judges were wowed by the council’s drive to deliver high class services across the borough.
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10 November 2017
A growing company which has set up in Rochdale's Globe Business Park is hoping to make world of difference to those who need a plumber or new bathroom.
Councillor Janet Emsley, Lisa Kimpton, Sara Harris, Sarah-Jayne Gilligan.
07 November 2017
Rochdale Borough Council's life-saving defibrillator project has won national recognition for being 'heart safe' at this year's UK Heart Safe Awards.
Rochdale Town Hall at Christmas.
07 November 2017
The countdown to Christmas begins in Rochdale this month - the festive market at the town hall, a big Christmas lights switch-on and fireworks is on Saturday, 25 November 2017.
New council built units.
07 November 2017
The first of 40 new council-built industrial units have been completed on the Dodgson Street Industrial Estate.
Small Business Saturday bus.
07 November 2017
A selection of the best small businesses in Rochdale came together for a special celebration of their unique contribution to local life, with a visit from the national Small Business Saturday bus.
Give a Christmas gift.
06 November 2017
We are now asking for donations to this year’s Christmas Toy Appeal, which helps to make sure local children living in poverty have presents to open on Monday, 25 December 2017.
Community western event.
03 November 2017
A popular community event returns this month. Residents of Balderstone and Kirkholt in Rochdale are being invited to a festive ‘Western’ event at St Thomas’ Church in Kirkholt on Monday, 20 November 2017.
Carers' rights.
03 November 2017
Local carers can learn more about the advice, help and support they are entitled to as Rochdale celebrates carers’ rights day.
KYP Apprenticeship Awards, Dominic Hudson, Zulf Ali and Steve Rumbelow.
02 November 2017
Council collects ‘Apprentice of the Year’ and ‘Most Supportive Employer’ at annual awards ceremony.
RECLAIM Girls Manifesto launch.
02 November 2017
Year 8 girls from schools in Rochdale delivered their manifesto for the first time to a captivated council audience.
Remembrance Day.
02 November 2017
Metacol.
02 November 2017
A Rochdale metal fabrication company which supplies several premier league football clubs has scored bigger premises as part of its goal to expand.
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29 January 2018
Holocaust Memorial commemoration service.
Rochdale Food and Drink Festival
24 March 2018
Star chefs cooking live, food and drink village, workshops, music, bars, stalls and family entertainment in the spectacular setting of Rochdale Town Hall.
Rochdale Wedding Show
15 April 2018
The ultimate wedding shopping experience, where you can buy, book and hire everything you need for your special day.
Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run
07 October 2018
Rochdale Half Marathon and 10K returns for its third year. It’s one of the highlights of our sporting calendar.