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Rochdale favourite chef Aazam Ahmad.
18 January 2019
The region’s foodies are in for another treat – tickets are now on sale for cookery demonstrations in the festival kitchen at Rochdale Food & Drink Festival which is being staged on Saturday, 16 March 2019 in and around Rochdale Town Hall.
Councillor Iftikhar Ahmed with members of staff at Cleggsworth House Care Home.
18 January 2019
Care homes in the borough of Rochdale are helping to combat loneliness and depression amongst its residents – thanks to 5 pet hens which live on site.
Students talking to women from care home.
18 January 2019
An innovative partnership between a Rochdale care home and a national charity brought together young and old to share memories of their lives
Councillor Kieran Heakin.
17 January 2019
Government inspectors have praised the improvements made to our special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) service following a visit last month.
Amaan Iqbal nominated for Award for Personal Development.
15 January 2019
Amaan Iqbal, a young person who is part of Rochdale Youth Service, along with Gail Hopper, the director of children’s services, have both been nominated in the 2019 North West Youth Voice Awards.
A little girl high-fiving Rochelle at Happy Jacks.
14 January 2019
Children at Happy Jacks nursery have received a visit from a special guest to congratulate them on their work to keep healthy.
Council Leader outside town hall.
14 January 2019
The famous sound of Rochdale Town Hall’s bells gained national publicity when they rang out across the land on BBC Radio 4 over Christmas.
Councillor John Blundell with Richard Ward.
14 January 2019
7 brand new apartments are ready to hit the market as part of the council’s £400 million transformation of Rochdale town centre.
Rubbish fly tipped.
11 January 2019
2 more residents have been fined after council investigations linked them to rubbish found fly-tipped in Heywood and Middleton, and another for littering in Rochdale.
All 6 member of youth parliament candidates.
08 January 2019
The new year has got off to a great start for 6 of the borough’s young people as they are announced as finalists in the battle to be the next Member of Youth Parliament for the Rochdale Borough.
Council leader Allen Brett lobbying for the Middleton tram line.
08 January 2019
A new tram line linking the town of Middleton with Manchester city centre will be created after we campaigned for it to be included in a new regional transport strategy.
Logo of Rochdale Borough Council.
07 January 2019
An ambitious plan, which could transform Rochdale borough’s economy through the creation of thousands of new jobs and homes, is set to go out to public consultation for a 2nd time.
Runners at the start line of 2018's half marathon.
04 January 2019
​​​The starting gun has been fired for the opening of registration for 2019's Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon and 10K - and prices have been cut by up to 28 per cent for an early bird offer.
Volunteers at Denehurst Park.
03 January 2019
Plans for a new state-of-the-art children’s play area at Denehurst Park are in full swing after a £98,048 grant from Viridor Credits Environmental Company, through the Landfill Communities Fund.
Firework around Rochdale Town Hall's clock tower.
21 December 2018
A number of non-critical services will not be available from 5pm on Monday, 24 December 2018 until Wednesday, 2 January 2019, although emergency phone lines will be in operation throughout.
Rochdale Riverside being built in Rochdale town centre.
21 December 2018
Rochdale town centre’s £80 million leisure and retail development, Rochdale Riverside, is delivering a timely payday for local firms, new figures reveal.
Councillor Allen Brett with Callum McGeachie and teachers at Redwood School.
21 December 2018
The winner of our council leader’s Christmas card competition has been announced.
Residents at new dementia hub.
21 December 2018
The community and voluntary sector will be able to apply for funding to reduce social isolation for older people when applications opens in January 2019.
Councillor Iftikhar Ahmed.
21 December 2018
Our adult care team is going the extra mile over Christmas to provide key services to residents across the borough.
Councillor Phil Burke.
21 December 2018
Our transport spokesman has hit out at planned price hikes for First Bus passengers in January 2019, amid claims of shoddy service.
Tim Vine with milk bottles on his head.
20 December 2018
Top comedy will return to Middleton Arena in 2019. For the first time ever, the master of the one-liner himself – Tim Vine will bring his ‘Sunset Milk Idiot’ show to the venue on Wednesday, 27 February 2019.
Aazam Ahmad.
19 December 2018
BBC Fusion chef Aazam Ahmad will be returning to Rochdale in 2019 for Rochdale Food and Drink Festival.
Rochdale Borough Council logo.
19 December 2018
Our acquisition of Central Retail Park, announced this week, will push forward a major residential scheme for the town centre as part of a £400 million regeneration programme in the area.
Woman explaining how the nasal spray vaccination works to a child at Norden Primary School.
19 December 2018
Flu vaccinations have been delivered to 10,000 children in schools across the borough of Rochdale in 2018.
Council officers and police officers closing down problem property.
19 December 2018
We've obtained our first premises closure order for a property where the tenant had been the target of ‘cuckooing’.
Teresa Moore and Councillor Billy Sheerin at Teresa's retirement party.
18 December 2018
​​​​A long-serving Rochdale Borough Council employee has retired after over 40 years’ work supporting thousands of the borough’s most vulnerable residents.
Row of taxis on the street.
17 December 2018
Pre-Christmas spot checks have been carried out on taxis across the borough of Rochdale.
Students raising their hands during science class.
17 December 2018
Pupils at Lowerplace Primary School, Rochdale were treated to a fun-filled day of physics activities following on from the visit of local science teacher, Chris Lowe, to international scientific research centre CERN.
Kieran Heakin.
17 December 2018
Councillors have agreed to extend the full council tax exemption to care leavers in the borough up till they are 25.
Proposed cycle lanes in Castleton.
14 December 2018
Plans for the borough’s biggest cycling infrastructure project are being developed after regional transport bosses signalled their backing for the plans.
Rochdale Summer Festival stage.
14 December 2018
The countdown to Rochdale Feel Good Festival 2019 is on, with the announcement of the date for next summer’s event.
Toni Carter and Andy Turner from the council's apprenticeship team.
14 December 2018
The country’s leading politician on apprenticeships has thanked Rochdale Borough Council for its commitment, enthusiasm and drive to helping young people find good-quality jobs.
Chief executive Steve Rumbelow with winner of the competition Ellis Kelly.
14 December 2018
Christmas came early for 6-year old Ellis Kelly from Rochdale.
Staff from Euro Options with the bikes.
14 December 2018
Euro Options, an IT company based in Littleborough, made a generous donation of 10 new bikes to local cared for children in the borough.
Councillor Allen Brett.
12 December 2018
Plans to reduce funding to 14 of the boroughs community centres could be revised following a recent public consultation.
Joy Parker and councillors with memorial stone.
11 December 2018
A memorial stone, originally placed in the wall of Yelloway Motor Services travel centre in 1969, is now back on permanent display at our Number One Riverside building, close to its original location.
Councillor Billy Sheerin with carers.
07 December 2018
Rochdale’s Carers’ Rights Day was declared a resounding success after hundreds of people supported the annual event.
Staff who won awards at the Ace Awards ceremony.
05 December 2018
Outstanding achievements by our employees were recognised during The Ace Staff Awards held at the town hall.
Mr Bloom from television channel.
05 December 2018
More details on next year’s Rochdale Food and Drink Festival have been revealed.
Councillor Janet Emsley giving a handshake with Springhill Hospice staff.
03 December 2018
Runners who took to the streets for Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run this year have helped raise over £10,500 for Springhill Hospice.
Children and parents gathered in Rochdale Central Library.
03 December 2018
9 primary schools from Rochdale are taking part in the borough’s latest Reading University Programme.
Helen Walton with other members of staff.
30 November 2018
A kind-hearted business has given our Christmas Toy Appeal its biggest ever boost – donating 20 Kindle Fire tablets and another £1000 worth of gifts for local disadvantaged children.
Heywood school group choir.
30 November 2018
St Joseph’s RC Primary School, Heywood, has been chosen to sing live on the BBC for the Blue Peter Christmas Show.
Gail Hopper, JP Ruffle, Councillor Allen Brett, Chief Executive Steve Rumbelow and Councillor Janet Emsley.
29 November 2018
People across the borough of Rochdale are making a pledge to end violence against women as part of the White Ribbon campaign.
Council leader Allen Brett with representatives from Star Procurement.
28 November 2018
Local companies across Rochdale set out their stall at a unique event where millions of pounds worth of public sector contracts were up for grabs.
New housing in Castleton.
28 November 2018
The borough of Rochdale has seen Greater Manchester’s biggest increase in new homes being built – with over 10 times the average regional growth.
2 women at the carers rights event.
27 November 2018
Local carers can learn more about the advice, help and support they are entitled to as the borough of Rochdale celebrates Carers’ Rights Day on Friday, 30 November 2018.
Santa with Nathan Morris in the balcony.
26 November 2018
A sprinkling of festive magic came to Rochdale this weekend as the countdown to Christmas officially began with the lights switch-on, gift market and a dazzling fireworks display at the town hall.
Adoption Now staff and parents celebrating first birthday.
23 November 2018
One of the region’s top adoption agencies, Adoption Now, is celebrating a successful first year of finding forever families for local children who need them.
Councillor Allen Brett in the menswear shop.
22 November 2018
A brand new high end menswear store has opened in Rochdale town centre, in a further boost to our £400 million regeneration programme.
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.
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