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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Liftec Lifts.
01 November 2017
A decision to open a new northern base in Rochdale 3 years ago has helped a rapidly-rising business reach a new level.
Small Business Saturday Bus.
31 October 2017
A national bus tour designed to help put small businesses on the fast lane to success will be stopping off at Rochdale.
Pulling a pint.
31 October 2017
Local pubs, bars and clubs are being warned that underage drinking will not be tolerated after 4 were caught serving alcohol to under 18s.
30 October 2017
The borough's firework retailers proved they really are 'Good Guys' as recent undercover tests found none selling to under 18s.
Darnhill community.
30 October 2017
Darnhill community is set to take charge of alcohol misuse as part of a pioneering programme aimed at reducing excessive drinking in Greater Manchester.
Cigarettes and alcohol.
27 October 2017
Youngsters in the borough of Rochdale are binning the booze and stubbing out the cigarettes, according to a recent survey.
Inspiring Stories Competition.
27 October 2017
Do you have a story to tell? Unleash your creativity with You Can Foster's Short Story competition and your story could be heard across the North West, Yorkshire and beyond.
Council stock up on grit.
25 October 2017
Our teams are ready to hit the road to tackle ice, sleet, flooding and snow this winter.
Tony Walsh.
24 October 2017
Performance poet Tony Walsh read some of his best known work as well as a co-operative themed poem he'd written especially for the festival in the magnificent setting of the Church of St Mary in the Baum.
Joy Barlow, Councillor Jaqueline Beswick and Lisa Kimpton with the newly installed defibrillator.
23 October 2017
Fashion Corner is proving that being cardiac smart and saving lives is all the rage by installing a brand new defibrillator on site.
Henry Hill Close.
23 October 2017
Famous flight commander and renowned architect Henry Hill had a Heywood road named in his honour at a special street unveiling service.
Dave Spikey.
20 October 2017
Double British Comedy Award Winner Dave Spikey returns to Middleton Arena next month during his anniversary tour.
Sarah Mahmood.
20 October 2017
This year’s annual Make Your Mark campaign saw a record number of young people from across the Rochdale borough cast their vote.
Award winning cleaning team.
20 October 2017
Rochdale Town Hall already has an award winning cleaning team, but now the team responsible for keeping all our buildings sparkling have been recognised as one of the best in the UK - reaching the final of a prestigious national competition.
Councillor Donna Martin.
20 October 2017
The Sunrise Team, the borough’s multi-agency hub for tackling child sexual exploitation (CSE), has been approached by Hopwood Hall College and the Real Trust to deliver vital new training to keep children safe.
Staff from Heywood and Middleton Community Mental Health Team supported Mental Health Awareness Day.
19 October 2017
Staff from Rochdale Council supported World Mental Health Awareness Day with a day of action around the theme ‘mental health in the workplace’.
Henry Hill.
18 October 2017
Heywood will come together this weekend to commemorate the life of Henry Hill - a revered local figure who was killed in action during World War I.
Halloween costume.
18 October 2017
Parents are being urged get fire safety savvy this Halloween to protect children from the dangers caused by naked flames and fancy dress costumes.
Remembrance Sunday.
17 October 2017
Residents across the borough will have chance to pay their respects to those who have made sacrifices in defence of the country at this year’s Remembrance Day Services.
Rochdale Market renovation.
17 October 2017
Work to transform the former Santander building in Rochdale town centre into an indoor facility, complete with cafe and fresh food stalls, is under way.
Middleton's Jubilee Park.
17 October 2017
The grade II listed staircase and exedra in Middleton's Jubilee Park has been transformed following an £87,000 makeover.
Domestic abuse service launches.
13 October 2017
New emergency accommodation and support services for victims and children affected by domestic abuse have launched in the borough of Rochdale.
At risk groups urged to get free winter flu vaccine
13 October 2017
The quick and simple flu vaccination is the best protection from the virus.
Rochdale car finance company.
13 October 2017
Local car finance company, Marsh, has more than quadrupled its floor space and driven up staff numbers following a council-backed move to the Victorian Crossfield Mill.
Back and better than ever – Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival returns
13 October 2017
The biggest arts event in the borough - Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival returns next week, bringing stars of page, stage and screen to town with nearly 40 shows.
Resting place of famous Rochdale-born statesman benefits from council spruce up
11 October 2017
The final resting place of Rochdale’s most famous son, the leading parliamentarian John Bright, has re-opened after a council revamp.
Run Rochdale – hundreds hit roads for Half Marathon, 10K and fun run
10 October 2017
Hundreds of runners descended on Rochdale this weekend for the annual Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run on Sunday morning.
Heritage properties.
06 October 2017
2 more properties designed by the renowned architect Edgar Wood have been restored to their former glory as part of Middleton’s £2.8 million Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI).
The Dog’s Trust..
06 October 2017
The North West's only dedicated and dog-friendly walking route has been created in one of the borough's flagship parks.
• Miss Julie Goodyear MBE with Mayor of Rochdale Councillor Ian Duckworth.
06 October 2017
Actress Julie Goodyear MBE was given the freedom of the borough of Rochdale at a packed ceremony at the borough’s famous town hall last night.
John Bright.
05 October 2017
The final resting place of the famous Rochdale-born MP, John Bright, who helped bring about massive social change during the Victorian period, has been given a £100,000 makeover by the council.
Bonfire at Cronkeyshaw Common in 2015.
04 October 2017
Rochdale Borough Council is igniting its flare for fabulous fireworks again this year with another 3 organised displays across the borough.
Runners hit the-road - crowd.
04 October 2017
Runners and spectators are getting ready for Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run this Sunday (8 October 2017) (morning when over 1,000 runners hit the road for the annual event.
Tudor court.
02 October 2017
An extensive refurbishment at Heywood’s Tudor Court has been officially opened after a special ceremony attended by scores of people from across the local health community.
Children at school.
02 October 2017
Parents of children who are due to start primary school in September 2018 can apply for their child's first school place from Monday, 2 October 2017.
Andrew Bridson, Sir Eric Pickles and Mark Moorhouse.
29 September 2017
Cardinal Langley High School, Middleton, and Matthew Moss High School, Rochdale, both feature in the annual Parliamentary Review for leading the way in education.
Staff taking part in 'Boogie Bounce'.
29 September 2017
Rochdale Borough Council got moving this Wednesday (27 September 2017) in support of the most active day of the year.
Rochdale Town Hall
29 September 2017
Rochdale's fabulous Grade-I Victorian Gothic town hall and museum and art gallery, Touchstones Rochdale, have both been given the Visit England 'Quality Assured Visitor Attraction' accreditation in recognition of the town's top tourism offer.
27 September 2017
With just days to go before this year’s Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run, we are reminding participants to save money by entering online and signing up before midnight on Sunday, 1 October 2017.
Children's toys.
25 September 2017
More than 900 children took part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge across the borough’s libraries.
Neil Thornton.
22 September 2017
We have appointed Neil Thornton as our new Director of Resources. Neil, currently Director of Finance and Corporate Business at Salford City Council has over 20 years’ experience in public and private sector senior roles.
Sarah Ward.
21 September 2017
Top crime writer Sarah Ward will be visiting the borough next week to promote her latest novel in the gripping DC Childs crime series.
Zach and Rebecca at Rochdale Town Hall.
21 September 2017
Two talented underwater hockey players who made a splash on the international stage have been hailed by the council.
Stop smoking.
21 September 2017
Smokers are being urged to give up cigarettes this Stoptober as statistics show there's never been a better time to quit.
Manchester's new Consul General of Pakistan is weclomed to Rochdale.
21 September 2017
Rochdale's commitment to community cohesion was underlined when a civic reception was held for Manchester's new Consul General of Pakistan.
Councillor Peter Williams.
19 September 2017
Rochdale Borough Council's Number One Riverside offices will play host to a recruitment event for budding apprentices on Wednesday, 20 September 2017.
Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon and 10K runners
19 September 2017
With just weeks to go before this year’s Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run, we are reminding everyone to enter online and sign up before the deadline of midnight on 29 September 2017.
Statement of Steve Rumbelow, chief executive of Rochdale Borough Council.
18 September 2017
Mr Rumbelow said: “The events that took place at Cambridge House and Knowl View and other establishments in Rochdale have cast a long shadow over the town for many years and have undoubtedly caused pain to many people.
15 September 2017
With autumn leaf fall fast approaching, please tell us if you see any blocked gullies so they can be cleaned. (Gullies are the grates found at the side of a road.)
15 September 2017
Please be on your guard, we’ve heard reports of fraudulent council tax and business rates agents operating across the country.
Rochdale Town Hall.
15 September 2017
Our latest budget savings proposals were considered by the Cabinet last night (Thursday).
15 September 2017
Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run returns on Sunday 8 October and residents are being warned about road closures along the routes between 10am and 2pm.
• Councillor Iftikhar Ahmed, cabinet member for adult services, offically opened the sensory awareness day.
14 September 2017
Displays from guide dogs, FREE hearing tests, carers’ assessments and a special visit from the fire service.
Cricket club bowled over by smoking ban.
13 September 2017
A local cricket club has become the second sports club in the borough to go ‘smoke free’ in a bid to protect children from the harms of smoking.
Wild flowers.
13 September 2017
Rochdale Borough Council has developed an innovative idea for grass verges which is brightening roads across the borough.
Councillor Janet Emsley.
08 September 2017
​​​There's lots for children and families to look forward to at this year's Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival.
Sir Michael Parkinson.
07 September 2017
Sir Michael Parkinson has had to cancel his appearance at Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival while he recovers from a back operation.
Castleton Baths.
07 September 2017
A local businessman who took the plunge and splashed out to save Castleton Swimming Pool has been hailed.
Youth Cabinet with Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham.
06 September 2017
Rochdale Borough Youth Cabinet play vital role in getting discounted travel card on the road.
People having a drink.
01 September 2017
Innovative council support packages in Rochdale have given the high street extra purchase, with more than 20 new business opening in the town centre since 2015.
Boy and girl.
01 September 2017
Parents of children due to start secondary school in September 2018 will be able to apply for their child's school place from Friday, 1 September to Tuesday, 31 October 2017.
Rochdale Riverside retail and leisure development.
31 August 2017
Rochdale's new £60 million shopping and leisure centre is moving closer, with site investigations about to be completed ready for building to begin later in 2017.
Greater Manchester Construction Training Limited.
31 August 2017
Rochdale's regeneration boom has fuelled another business boost, with a new firm looking to supply the construction workers of tomorrow.
Councillor Billy Sheerin, assistant cabinet member for adult services, with local carers.
31 August 2017
Carers across the Rochdale borough have given the thumbs up to the excellent standard of service they receive from the council.
Discharge to assess.
30 August 2017
Rochdale has been named as one of the best performing health and social care systems in the country.
Julie Goodyear.
29 August 2017
The nation's favourite TV pint puller - Coronation Street legend Julie Goodyear MBE - is to be given the Freedom of the Borough of Rochdale by the council.
Council leader Richard Farnell with Mike and Sarah Howarth, and Darren Wright.
25 August 2017
One of the most well-known and historic buildings in Rochdale, which was the town’s leading coach house during the Victorian period, is set to re-open this weekend (Saturday, 26 August 2017) following a £200,000 refurbishment.
Council leader Richard Farnell and Marnie Kennedy.
25 August 2017
A hairdresser with a razor sharp eye on Rochdale's regeneration has opened a new salon in a recently transformed part of the town centre.
Rochdale Borough's Member of Youth Parliament Sarah Mahmood.
24 August 2017
Rochdale borough's young people are invited to take part in the national Make Your Mark campaign to vote on issues that are important to them.
Cars in car park.
24 August 2017
Changes to charges in some council-owned car parks in Rochdale will come into effect this Saturday, 26 August 2017.
Councillor Iftikhar Ahmed, Sharon Twigg, Councillor Billy Sheerin, Julie Urmson.
22 August 2017
Two Rochdale councillors spent a morning with Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHPs) to see first-hand their vital work supporting some of the borough's most vulnerable people.
Council leader Richard Farnell and Mohammed Shafiq behind the bar at Bar Cuba.
22 August 2017
Businesses' growing appetite for investing in Rochdale has been cemented with the opening of of 2 new cafes and a bar in recent weeks.
Councillor Janet Emsley Cotton Famine.
18 August 2017
One of Rochdale’s most famous and historic landmarks provided a beautiful backdrop to an afternoon of song, dance and reminiscing.
Councillor Iftikhar Ahmed with some of the council's sensory awareness team.
18 August 2017
The council is holding an information and advice day for the thousands of residents across the borough with hearing, sight and speech problems.
Richard Farnell, leader of Rochdale Borough Council with Conrad and Victoria Parrott and Councillor Daniel Meredith.
18 August 2017
A children’s furniture supplier is celebrating after creating the largest nursery furniture showroom in the UK in the heart of Rochdale.
Sir Michael Parkinson.
18 August 2017
There's just a few days left to book special Early Bird tickets for this year's Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival, which has seen the highest opening sales in its 5-year history.
Traffic calming.
18 August 2017
The number of children seriously injured on the borough's roads has dramatically reduced over the past 16 years.
Rochdale sixth form a level results 2017.
18 August 2017
Rochdale students have bucked the national trend with their top marks in A-Level results.
Land at Kingsway Business Park is being developed.
17 August 2017
Changes to the timetable for delivering Greater Manchester’s long-awaited blueprint for growth will not prevent Rochdale Borough Council from pressing ahead with its own plans to attract more jobs and investment.
16 August 2017
Door staff working at venues in Rochdale town centre are to wear body cameras to help cut down on alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour.
SCP retirement Kath Slater.
15 August 2017
The end of the school term also signalled the end of patrol for long time crossing patrol officer Kath Slater.
Pilot frailty service.
15 August 2017
An innovative scheme is ensuring scores of Rochdale residents can access key services to improve their health and wellbeing.
Razorlight - Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
14 August 2017
Over 11,000 people packed Rochdale town centre this weekend for another feast of live music, food and family entertainment at the tenth Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
Cow with in-growing horn.
11 August 2017
A local farmer has been given a 12-week curfew after failing to properly care for one of his cows.
Hollingworth Lake.
11 August 2017
After listening to feedback from concerned residents, the council has scrapped a proposal which would have seen charges more than double for those parking for more than 4 hours at Hollingworth Lake, one of the north west's best-loved tourist spots.
Life-saving course.
10 August 2017
Rochdale Borough Council staff are leading by example when it comes to being cardiac smart and life-saving ready – by using their lunch breaks to learn how to perform life-saving Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Seized alcohol.
10 August 2017
Rochdale Borough Council is warning local retailers after 2 were caught selling alcohol to children during undercover mystery shop.
Stop smoking.
09 August 2017
Second-hand smoke has been linked to around 165,000 new cases of disease among children in the UK each year.
Gardening competition winners.
09 August 2017
Green-fingered residents have proven gardening is right up their alley during this year's 'Alleyways in Bloom' competition.
Golden Touch pale ale.
07 August 2017
The official beer for this year's Rochdale Feel Good Festival has been unveiled.
Feeling good party.
07 August 2017
Rochdale Feel Good Festival goers are advised to plan their journey, arrive early and allow plenty of time to get to the event, which promises to be the biggest and best in the festival's history.
04 August 2017
Rochdale Feel Good Festival will be tickling tastebuds and filling the town with live music this month.
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15 November 2017
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Rochdale Christmas Market and lights switch-on
25 November 2017
Festive food, drinks, gifts, family entertainment and of course Father Christmas - as we light up Rochdale.
Rochdale Music Service Christmas Cracker
03 December 2017
Come and join the 450 children taking part in Rochdale Music Service’s 24th Christmas Cracker day. There are 3 concerts throughout the day with plenty of chance to sing and join in.