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M&S logo.
14 November 2019
Plans revealed for a new clothing and food store at the Rochdale Riverside development as Marks & Spencer (M&S) officially starts work on site.
Exterior of Rochdale Town Hall.
13 November 2019
The countdown to Christmas begins in the borough of Rochdale on Sunday, 24 November 2019 at the town hall.
Young people with a tent.
12 November 2019
If you're aged 14-24, you can build skills, confidence and fitness with a series of exciting challenges through the Duke of Edinburgh's (DofE) Award.
Veterans standing with raised flags at the Rochdale Cenotaph.
12 November 2019
Thousands gathered across the borough for Remembrance Day Services to honour the nation’s war heroes and pay tribute to the fallen.
Veterans marching in ceremonial dress.
08 November 2019
The borough came together to pay tribute to the armed forces community at a special Festival of Remembrance at Rochdale Town Hall.
Councillor Janet Emsley with library staff and pupils.
07 November 2019
Rochdale Borough Council’s library service has branched out again after its popular ‘library card for every child’ initiative was given the stamp of approval.
Councillor Neil Emmott at a council gritting depot.
07 November 2019
Teams at Rochdale Borough Council are ready to hit the road to tackle any ice, sleet, flooding and snow this winter.
The 2019 winners and candidates with Councillor Kieran Heakin and the former Mayor of Rochdale.
06 November 2019
The starting gun has been fired on the new race to be the borough’s next Member of Youth Parliament (MYP).
Council staff with gifts.
05 November 2019
Rochdale Borough Council will soon be seeking donations to this year’s Christmas Toy Appeal, which helps make sure local children living in poverty have presents to open on Christmas Day.
Rochdale in Bloom with all their awards.
05 November 2019
Rochdale borough is once again the best of the bunch after wowing judges at the North West in Bloom Awards with its stunning floral displays and picturesque parks.
Councillor Kieran Heakin with 2 Broadfield Primary pupils.
05 November 2019
Broadfield Primary school celebrated International Week last week, where pupils learnt about 11 different countries and languages.
Councillor Neil Emmott and council workers at the seeding of a wildflower patch.
04 November 2019
Rochdale Borough Council is reducing its use of pesticides, which are commonly used to treat public land.
Children performing in a show.
01 November 2019
Rochdale Music Service is encouraging all local groups, individual performers and schools to join in with the popular festival of performing arts.
A milk carton.
31 October 2019
A takeaway owner has been prosecuted after selling peanut and milk products to customers that reported having allergies.
Artist impression of how the new station gateway could look.
31 October 2019
Moves to transform the area around Rochdale train station are on track, with plans being developed to create thousands of new homes as part of a major regeneration of the site.
Rochdale Town Hall lit up.
30 October 2019
The countdown to Christmas begins in Rochdale in November as Rochdale Borough Council confirms the return of a festive market at the town hall, a big Christmas lights switch-on and lots of extra special magical family entertainment.
Councillor Allen Brett.
30 October 2019
Ed Byrne.
30 October 2019
Stand-up comedian Ed Byrne will bring his new tour to Middleton Arena in 2020.
Veterans marching down Yorkshire Street in Rochdale.
29 October 2019
Residents across the borough will have the chance to pay their respects to those who've made sacrifices in defence of the country at the 2019 Remembrance Day Services.
Jane Booth, chair of the Rochdale Borough Safeguarding Adults Board.
29 October 2019
Rochdale’s first ever Safeguarding Adults Awareness Week will be marked with a packed programme of events across the borough.
Kate Bottley.
25 October 2019
Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival proved another big hit with audiences this year, with 12 sold out performances and over 1,300 tickets sold.
Councillor Carol Wardle with staff from Rochdale Boroughwide Housing.
25 October 2019
3 local buildings were presented with the top awards at the Rochdale Borough Design Awards this week.
The Rochdale in Rainbows steering group.
24 October 2019
The borough of Rochdale is gearing up for its first ever celebration of Pride.
Night Club.
23 October 2019
Shift workers in Rochdale borough will benefit from an innovative project offering free face-to-face consultations with sleep experts sharing advice on mental and physical health.
Artist's impression of the Dippy exhibition.
23 October 2019
With less than 4 months to go until Rochdale plays host to the Natural History Museum’s famous dinosaur cast, Dippy, excitement's building across the borough.
Councillor Allen Brett with Elizabeth McKenna and Lorraine Cox of STAR Procurement.
23 October 2019
Figures show that the council is spending more money with local businesses than ever before.
David Gee from Electric Blue (middle) with Rochdale Borough Council licensing officers.
17 October 2019
An initiative in the borough of Rochdale has shown huge cost savings await taxi firms that switch to electric vehicles.
Cardinal Langley's Race the Car team being presented their award by the Countess of Wessex.
17 October 2019
Cardinal Langley High and St Mary’s RC Primary School will be representing the Rochdale borough at the prestigious 2019 Educate Awards this year.
Val Perkin and the Mayor of Rochdale with the plaque commemorating the Maskews.
16 October 2019
Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival 2019 opened on Monday, 14 October 2019, with a blue plaque commemorating the couple who made it all possible being unveiled.
Healthy Hero Rochelle with parents and runners.
15 October 2019
Milnrow Memorial Park junior parkrun has celebrated its 1st birthday.
The mayor and mayoress with foster carers, Councillor Massey and Gail Hopper.
14 October 2019
25 families, who together have devoted a phenomenal combined 278 years to fostering children, were celebrated at the council’s annual long service awards.
A young child with a toy lion.
14 October 2019
A national week of action is urging anyone who has ever considered adopting to step forward, as the number of children needing loving homes continues to grow.
Pupils at Falinge Park watching a performance of Crossing the Line.
11 October 2019
In the run up to the Greater Manchester’s week of action against child exploitation education sessions were held in 5 of the borough’s secondary schools to highlight the warning signs that children could be being criminally exploited.
The dinosaur in the prehistoric garden with a BorrowBox cube in its mouth.
11 October 2019
A member of our libraries' team has bookmarked hundreds of pounds after snapping an iconic image to win a national photography competition.
Logo of Rochdale Borough Council.
11 October 2019
We've agreed to let traders run Rochdale market after a new proposal on how it could be run was put forward.
Gail Hopper.
09 October 2019
The government has confirmed that we're one of 18 local authorities nationally who will receive a share of £84 million to fund Strengthening Families, Protecting Children schemes.
Runners in the 2019 Williams BMW Half Marathon.
08 October 2019
Hundreds of runners from across the UK descended on Rochdale for the annual Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run on Sunday, 6 October 2019.
Attendees listen to accounts of survivors of honour based violence.
08 October 2019
National charity Karma Nirvana highlighted the importance of tackling honour based abuse and challenging extremist behaviour at an event in Rochdale.
Campaign poster for child exploitation.
07 October 2019
A campaign’s powerful imagery will highlight how children can be misjudged or stereotyped due to their behaviour.
Mascots at Rochdale AFC's ground with a Stoptober banner.
07 October 2019
Smokers in the borough of Rochdale are being encouraged to join the 200 people in England who quit smoking every hour.
Award winners with the mayor and mayoress.
07 October 2019
Primary schools in the borough of Rochdale have been commended for their commitment to providing healthier food options to their pupils.
One of the affected work surfaces at the takeaway.
04 October 2019
The owner of Shinwari Grill on Yorkshire Street in Rochdale has been fined over £14,000 after food hygiene officers found a maggot-infested rat in the kitchen.
Members of the adult care team.
04 October 2019
Our adaptations team has scooped the runner-up prize at a major national award ceremony for the outstanding service it delivers to local residents.
Veterans at the 2018 Festival of Remembrance.
03 October 2019
The borough will come together at Rochdale Town Hall for a special Festival of Remembrance to pay tribute to members of the Armed Forces community.
Amanda Clarke, Chair of the RBSCP.
02 October 2019
The borough’s safeguarding partners are coming together throughout October to share help, advice and practical tips for parents, carers and families.
Apprentice event.
01 October 2019
Young people from across the borough were given an insight into apprenticeships when they attended an event at our Number One Riverside offices.
Jules Evans.
01 October 2019
With just 2 weeks to go before the 2019 Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival, there are only a handful of tickets left for many events.
Half Marathon runners beginning the race.
30 September 2019
With just days to go before this year’s Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run, online entry has now closed for the event on Sunday, 6 October 2019.
A row of parked taxis.
30 September 2019
Private hire and taxi drivers across the borough of Rochdale are being urged to check the condition of their cars after 7 vehicles had their licences suspended.
Runners passing Hollingworth Lake.
27 September 2019
Residents are being warned about road closures during the Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run.
Crowds at the 2019 Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
27 September 2019
With this summer now a fading memory, attention is turning to next year’s Rochdale Feel Good Festival and the date for 2020 has been confirmed.
Chloe with Anthony Knowles and Warrant Officer Mark Johnson.
23 September 2019
Chloe Johnson received the highly commended award in the Advanced Apprentice of the year category.
The apprentices beginning work with us in September 2019.
20 September 2019
This week 26 new apprentices have taken up roles across the council and schools in a wide variety of departments. This is the largest intake of our apprentices taken on at one time.
Nikki Edwards.
19 September 2019
A growing family business set up from a bedroom in Rochdale is now a global company trading in 14 countries worldwide.
Konnie Huq.
18 September 2019
This year’s Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival is packed full of activities for children and young book lovers.
Cyclists racing past the town hall.
17 September 2019
The world’s top cyclists descended on Rochdale this weekend for the final day of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain.
Rochdale Borough Council logo.
16 September 2019
Rochdale Market is being closed with the last trading day set for Monday, 14 October 2019.
Foster carers Tracey and Keiron.
13 September 2019
A special event is being held for anyone who wants to know more about the rewarding role of fostering.
Healthy Hero Rochelle receiving a nasal vaccination.
13 September 2019
Nasal flu vaccinations will be offered to primary school children across the borough of Rochdale again this winter.
Councillor Allen Brett with children and parents.
13 September 2019
More than 600 youngsters enjoyed a summer of reading, exercise and healthy eating thanks to our pioneering Fit, Feed and Read scheme.
Tobacco detection dog Pippa uncovering illegal cigarettes.
12 September 2019
A tobacco detection dog named Pippa has helped our trading standards officers uncover illegal cigarettes and rolling tobacco.
An anti-littering poster at Hollingworth Lake.
12 September 2019
Littering of the oceans is now at the forefront of people’s minds but general littering of our countryside and towns continues.
Councillor Allen Brett.
10 September 2019
Additional money promised to councils for adults’ and children’s social care services will not be enough to make-up for years of government cuts, our leader has warned.
Runners at the Half Marathon.
10 September 2019
With just weeks to go before the 2019 Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run, remember to enter online ahead of the deadline of midnight on Sunday, 29 September 2019.
Dylan Groenewegen.
10 September 2019
Rochdale will be buzzing with excitement and entertainment on Saturday, 14 September 2019 as we welcome the OVO Energy Tour of Britain.
Trish and a foster child.
05 September 2019
A former teacher who gave up her career to become a foster carer is encouraging others to give teenagers a loving home.
The Japanese delegation.
05 September 2019
A leading delegation from the Japanese government visited us to discover how our award-winning adult care policies are improving the lives of local residents.
2 dogs in a cage.
04 September 2019
Residents are being advised to check who is looking after their animals after a spate of complaints to us about illegal animal businesses.
3 riders from Team INEOS.
03 September 2019
Former winner Dylan van Baarle and hotly-tipped Russian Pavel Sivakov headline Team INEOS’ 6-man squad for the OVO Energy Tour of Britain.
2 secondary school pupils.
02 September 2019
Parents of children who are due to start primary school or secondary in September 2020 can now apply for their child’s school place.
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Rochdale in Rainbows
16 November 2019

16 November 2019 - 30 November 2019

Come and celebrate the borough's first Pride.

Rochdale Christmas Artisan Market
30 November 2019
Join us for a feast of live music, festive food, drinks, arts and crafts from local artisans and producers.
A Royal Christmas Ball
20 December 2019

20 December 2019 - 21 December 2019

You are cordially invited to a royal ball to celebrate the greatest of Christmas traditions in the splendid surroundings of Rochdale Town Hall.