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Councillor Iftikhar Ahmed with team members and residents.
19 July 2019
Our innovative adaptations team is in line for a major national award for the outstanding service it delivers to local residents.
Councillor Sara Rowbotham and the cast of All The Bens.
19 July 2019
The borough of Rochdale will host its first Pride this November.
The Rochdale Borough Safeguarding Children Partnership logo.
18 July 2019
Rochdale Borough Safeguarding Children Partnership has replaced the Rochdale Borough Safeguarding Children Board in order to meet new legal duties.
Mayor Andy Burnham, Peter Bradbury, Chels Lester and Councillor Linda Robinson.
17 July 2019
The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has thrown his weight behind a new campaign in Rochdale which is helping to get people off the streets.
Councillors Neil Emmott and Janet Emsley with park workers.
17 July 2019
A record number of parks and green spaces in the borough of Rochdale today collect a Green Flag Award as part of Keep Britain Tidy’s Love Parks week
Lemn Sissay on stage at Our Big Day.
16 July 2019
Hundreds of young people and carers were entertained by poet Lemn Sissay at our celebration day for the achievements of the borough’s cared for children.
Councillor Janet Emsley with the team from O2 Rochdale.
12 July 2019
Digital communications stores O2 Rochdale and O2 Middleton are backing this summer’s Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
Children from St Peters RC Primary School.
12 July 2019
Children at a Middleton primary school are in raptures after winning our Name the peregrine falcon chick competition.
Winners from the 2018 ACE Awards.
12 July 2019
Residents can now nominate a member of our staff or a council team they feel deserves recognition.
Councillor Janet Emsley with parents and children at a library.
11 July 2019
One of the most historic events of the 20th century will provide the inspiration for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.
Relationship champions at Derby Street Children's Centre.
11 July 2019
We want to support people who are finding their relationship with their partner difficult. Since the launch of our Relationship Manifesto we’ve been on a mission to train as many frontline practitioners as possible.
Council Leader Allen Brett and Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham with residents of Rosemary Care Home.
10 July 2019
Care homes across the borough celebrated National Care Home Open Day in style with special events, celebrations and parties for residents, staff and visitors.
Flying Horse Hotel General Manager Andy Jenkins with Councillor Janet Emsley.
05 July 2019
Award-winning local business The Flying Horse Hotel have renewed their support of Rochdale Feel Good Festival, sponsoring the main stage of this summer’s event.
The Mayor of Rochdale with finalists.
05 July 2019
Inspirational stories of youth achievement, outstanding bravery and pride were on display at the town hall for the 2019 Mayor’s Youth Awards.
An abandoned fork lift truck.
04 July 2019
A 20 foot shipping container, a fork lift truck and an abandoned car were removed from Sparth Bottoms in Rochdale on 26 June as part of our on-going work to tackle a range of environmental issues.
Erin Buckley, the new children's champion.
04 July 2019
Schoolchildren from across the borough elected 10-year-old Erin Buckley from St Mary’s RC Primary School in Littleborough as their new children’s champion for 2019/20 at Rochdale Town Hall on Tuesday.
The Mayor of Greater Manchester with Councillor John Blundell and developers.
03 July 2019
The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, gave his backing to Rochdale’s residential strategy, as he visited the first of 2000 new homes proposed for the town centre as part of our £400 million regeneration programme.
Councillor Allen Brett with veterans.
03 July 2019
Hundreds of people came together to mark the annual Armed Forces Day as a series of special flag raising events were held at locations across the borough.
Aaron at the finish line of the Williams BMW Rochdale 10K.
02 July 2019
Rochdale resident Aaron Parmar has received a special award from the mayor of Rochdale after completing a gruelling charity challenge – running 22 10K races in memory of each of the 22 victims of the tragic 2017 Manchester Arena attack.
The knife sold to a 17-year-old volunteer.
02 July 2019
An investigation into a Rochdale business is under way after a kitchen knife was sold to a child during an undercover operation.
2 teachers with a group of pupils wearing sunglasses.
28 June 2019
Number One Riverside was taken over by budding scientists as pupils across the borough came together for the national Great Science Share for Schools.
A young child operating a machine.
28 June 2019
There’s going to be more than ever before for children at the 2019 Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
Fun run runners.
27 June 2019
Entry for Williams BMW Rochdale one-mile Fun Run opens in July 2019.
Young people with bikes.
25 June 2019
Young people from across the borough can now apply for grants of up to £2000 from the council’s Youth Opportunity Fund.
A food waste bin in front of a bin lorry.
25 June 2019
Residents are being asked their views on our food waste collections in a bid to improve the borough’s recycling performance even further.
A line of waiting taxis.
24 June 2019
A former taxi driver has been prosecuted after he drove a taxi without a hackney carriage licence and car insurance.
Between the Vines.
21 June 2019
Local country band Between The Vines are celebrating after getting a slot on the main stage at this summer’s Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
Council Leader Allen Brett and Councillor Janet Emsley with community officers.
20 June 2019
Local groups from the voluntary, not for profit and charitable sector are now able to apply for grant funding.
Sarah Schofield.
20 June 2019
A mental health support worker, who pioneered innovative new services to support local residents, has been nominated for a top regional award.
One of the new posters at Hollingworth Lake.
20 June 2019
We're joining forces with environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy to launch a new scheme to tackle the ‘careful’ littering that is affecting one of the region’s best-loved beauty spots.
Stuart Collinson of Premier Kia with the Mayor of Rochdale and Councillor Allen Brett.
19 June 2019
We've underlined our commitment to the environment by switching our mayoral car to an electric model.
Springy, the Springhill Hospice mascot, with runners.
19 June 2019
Springhill Hospice will be the official charity for Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run again this year and we want the event to smash last year’s fundraising total.
Special Brew MCR on stage.
18 June 2019
An evening of free live music is on offer in Rochdale this week as part of an international celebration of music.
Councillor Neil Emmott with workers at Sudden junction.
13 June 2019
The borough of Rochdale is taking a stand and creating flowering grass verges to help stop the worrying decline of bees and other insect pollinators.
Tooth fairies at Jollytots.
13 June 2019
Hundreds of children across the borough of Rochdale have been visited by tooth fairies as part of National Smile Month.
Reception class in front of a bin lorry.
12 June 2019
Most of us don’t give much thought to what happens to our waste once it’s thrown away but children at a local primary school are learning about just that.
Guests at Rochdale Digital Festival.
11 June 2019
Rochdale Digital Festival returned with over 650 people visiting Number One Riverside on Saturday, 8 June 2019 and hundreds more taking part in tech workshops on Friday, 7 June 2019.
In bloom volunteers.
06 June 2019
We've been nominated for a top national award for the innovative services we deliver to residents across the borough.
Armed forces personnel at the D Day anniversary event.
06 June 2019
The 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings was commemorated at Rochdale Cenotaph as scores of people from across the borough came together to reflect and remember.
A young man listening to music.
04 June 2019
Final preparations are well under way for Saturday’s Rochdale Digital Festival, which is being held at Number One Riverside this weekend.
Nobilia UK building at Kingsway Business Park.
29 May 2019
Almost £40 million of private sector investment has been brought into the borough of Rochdale over the last financial year, bringing a number of new businesses to the borough, creating 286 new jobs.
Children's champion finalists 2019.
29 May 2019
6 candidates from across the borough are nominees for this year’s children’s champion role as elections are set to take place in primary schools.
Shops at the foot of Drake Street.
28 May 2019
Almost £800,000 of grants to repair historic buildings in one of Rochdale’s most well-known streets have been made available as the Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) project takes another step forward.
Spelling Bee winner Billy Powell celebrating with his trophy.
28 May 2019
8-year-old Billy Powell from Norden Primary school was crowned the Rochdale Spelling Bee champion at the borough’s first grand final.
A trader prepares a dish for a customer.
28 May 2019
The Bank Holiday weekend’s Street Eat festival is being hailed as the best one yet, as crowds of well over 3000 tucked into a double helping of food, drink, family entertainment and live music around Rochdale Town Hall Square.
The falcon mother and chicks in the nest box.
28 May 2019
Nature lovers will be in raptures after we hatched plans for another ‘Name the peregrine falcon chick’ competition.
Rochdale Riverside under construction.
28 May 2019
Global retail giant H&M will be coming to Rochdale for the first time after a deal was struck to bring it to Rochdale’s new £80 million retail and leisure development, Rochdale Riverside.
A man using a virtual reality system.
24 May 2019
With just weeks to go before Rochdale Digital Festival returns, we can revealed more about the event.
A half marathon winner.
24 May 2019
Need extra motivation to sign up for the Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon and 10K? A prize fund of more than £3,000 has just been announced for the 2019 event.
The new mayoress and mayor of Rochdale.
23 May 2019
The borough welcomed its new mayor last night as Councillor Billy Sheerin was sworn in to office during a ceremony at our historic Town Hall.
Vicky Lomax and Jayne May with staff from Strawberry Gardens.
21 May 2019
There’s plenty to keep young children occupied at the Street Eat festival this weekend, including free activities promoting healthy eating.
The 6 new apprentices starting work with us.
20 May 2019
6 new apprentices have taken up roles across the council in a variety of departments.
The mayor of Rochdale with councillors and LGBT flags and campaigners.
20 May 2019
The borough of Rochdale’s new LGBT+ identity has been officially launched.
Jayne May, Arron Dixon and Paul Ambrose with some of the new plastic-free cutlery.
16 May 2019
A popular food festival will be the first in the borough to be plastic free when it is held in Rochdale Town Hall Square in May.
Foster carers Lauren and Danny Sullivan.
14 May 2019
We’re supporting Foster Care Fortnight in a bid to recruit foster carers in the borough of Rochdale.
A teacher with 2 pupils interacting with one of the exhibits.
14 May 2019
Around 120 pupils from Broadfield Community Primary School descended on Number One Riverside for a really wild natural history adventure as schools across Rochdale get ready to welcome Dippy the dinosaur next year.
Mr Bloom and his band.
14 May 2019
Mr Bloom and his ‘compostarium’ band will open the main stage at this summer’s Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
Trapped logo.
13 May 2019
We’re working to put a stop to criminal gangs grooming children and vulnerable adults to commit crime.
Operations Director Kevin Beswick and Sales and Marketing Director Barry Tuffs of Atrium Telecom.
09 May 2019
A growing Heywood technology company is celebrating a decade in the town.
Henry Yau, Danielle Whitworth, Paul Ambrose and Ben Boothman.
09 May 2019
Building and construction company Willmott Dixon are supporting this month’s Street Eat festival.
Business partners Jerry Radcliffe and Jason McGuire in Roasted and Toasted.
08 May 2019
The coffee connoisseur behind the Manchester Coffee company is full of beans after opening his latest venture in Rochdale town centre.
A bee resting on a cornflower.
03 May 2019
Grass verges across Rochdale are going to look a bit different this summer as a scheme set to boost bees, butterflies and small insects gets under way.
The Northern Soultrain performing on stage.
02 May 2019
2 more acts have been added to the line-up for this year’s Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
A ballot box with a marked ballot card in the slot.
01 May 2019
There are just days left for anyone wishing to have their say in the European Parliamentary Elections to ensure they are registered to vote.
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Things to do during the school holidays
23 July 2018
There's lots to do during the school holidays, whether it's in the library, ​countryside or one of the many other venues in the Rochdale borough​.
Rochdale Feel Good Festival
10 August 2019
Fabulous FREE entertainment in Rochdale town centre, headlined by indie-rock band The Coral.
OVO Energy Tour of Britain
14 September 2019
British Cycling's premier road cycling event visits Rochdale on its final day. Spectators will be welcome.