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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.
Louis Tweedale.
31 October 2018
Mental health was voted as the top priority for the borough’s young people as a tremendous 6,712 votes were cast in this year’s ‘Make Your Mark’ event.
Rochdale Borough Council logo.
31 October 2018
Councillors have agreed to lease the land for 2 new schools in the borough to whichever organisation is successful in its bid for government funding to open a new free school in the borough.
Councillor Allen Brett.
31 October 2018
We've recovered hundreds of thousands of pounds after successful investigations into fraudsters.
Helen Walton and Caroline Wolfenden holding gifts given by people.
30 October 2018
Very soon we will be seeking donations to this year’s Christmas Toy Appeal, which helps make sure local children living in poverty have presents to open on Thursday, 25 December 2018.
Councillor Neil Emmott filling his shovel with gritting salt.
30 October 2018
Our teams are ready to hit the road to tackle ice, sleet, flooding and snow this winter. Gritting began last week and now 8 gritters are on standby ready to help keep the borough’s main roads safe.
Children dressed in Halloween costumes.
30 October 2018
This Halloween parents are being urged to ensure their families don’t suffer the wrong kind of fright.
Councillor Kieran Heakin.
29 October 2018
Parents of children across the borough who are due to start secondary school in September 2019 only have a few days left to apply for their child’s school place as applications close on Wednesday, 31 October 2018.
Shiv Jalota as Christopher.
29 October 2018
A specially staged production of the National Theatre’s award-winning play, ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’ will be coming to 3 secondary schools in Rochdale in partnership with The Lowry Theatre.
Councillor Iftikhar Ahmed.
26 October 2018
A centre that aims to provide the UK’s leading care and support for people living with dementia and their families will open next month.
Foster Carer award won by Patricia Mills.
25 October 2018
Local foster carer Patricia Mills is recognised with a top national award for her outstanding commitment to foster care.
Town hall shining in blue light and people gathered outside.
24 October 2018
The countdown to Christmas begins in Rochdale next month as we confirm the return of a festive market at the town hall, a big Christmas lights switch-on and dazzling firework display on Saturday, 24 November 2018.
Group of people holding their pledges with Stoptober button.
24 October 2018
Rochdale Borough Council and partners have pledged their commitment to making smoking history this Stoptober.
Mayor of Rochdale with 2 foster carers as the awards.
23 October 2018
19 families from across the borough who have devoted 185 years to fostering children were celebrated at our annual long service awards.
Simon Armitage reading at Rochdale literature festival.
23 October 2018
Internationally renowned poet Simon Armitage CBE read some of his latest poetry collections at a sold-out St Chad’s Church in Rochdale for the finale of this year’s Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival.
Professor of Architecture Sally Stone with 2 students.
22 October 2018
Rochdale has been compared to one of the world’s most visited cities by a leading Professor of Architecture.
The winners cheering at the Bloom Awards.
22 October 2018
Rochdale has scooped a top award at the biggest and most prestigious horticultural competition in the country, Britain in Bloom.
Crowd enjoying show at Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
18 October 2018
​Rochdale Feel Good Festival gave town centre businesses a £280,000 boost, says an independent economic analysis of our celebration of music and food.
Screen at Odeon Rochdale showing We Are One.
18 October 2018
12 primary schools from across the borough saw their film, ‘We Are the One’, premiered at Rochdale Odeon.
Cadets marching in Remembrance Sunday parade.
17 October 2018
Residents across the borough will have the chance to pay their respects to those who have made sacrifices in defence of the country at this year’s Remembrance Day services.
Adoption Now logo.
17 October 2018
As the number of children in need of loving, nurturing homes continues to grow, one of the region’s top adoption agencies is urging people to step forward and find out more about adoption as a route to building or extending their family.
Businesswoman talking in meeting.
16 October 2018
A free business training course is coming to Rochdale to help support residents who want to start their own businesses.
Logo for Educate Awards.
15 October 2018
Kentmere Primary School and Cardinal Langley Sixth Form are both up for top awards as finalists in the Educate Awards.
A woman and man acting in the theatre.
12 October 2018
There was a packed audience at Touchstones last night (Thursday, 11 October 2018) for the launch of Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival
Professionals in the town hall, listening to the speaker.
11 October 2018
A host of agencies came together in Rochdale last week to learn about new ways of working to help support families, reduce conflict and maintain positive relationships.
Councillor Janet Emsley with Joseph Lupton and family members.
11 October 2018
A young library member is celebrating after winning the prize draw following our popular Summer Reading Challenge.
Councillors Iftikhar Ahmed and Billy Sheerin with members of the adult care team.
11 October 2018
A key national report has hailed our adaptation provision as ‘forward-thinking and innovative’.
Louise Minchin.
11 October 2018
The biggest arts event in the borough - Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival - returns next week, bringing stars of page, stage and screen to town with 35 shows in 8 days.
Hannah Ellis Ryan, Mina Anwar and Krissi Bohn.
11 October 2018
Well known faces from stage and screen will be appearing at the Curtain Theatre in Rochdale this month during Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival.
We want to spend more with local businesses.
09 October 2018
Local businesses across Rochdale will get the chance to pitch for business with some of the biggest public sector organisations in Greater Manchester at a special ‘meet the buyer’ event next month.
Runners of the marathon starting the race.
09 October 2018
Hundreds of runners from across the country descended on Rochdale on Sunday 7, October 2018 for the annual Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run.
Councillor Billy Sheerin and Councillor Iftikhar Ahmed with mental health professionals.
05 October 2018
A ground-breaking new mental health service has officially opened to the public.
05 October 2018
A scheme to help Rochdale residents stay warm over winter is heating up, with more cash secured for the project.
Senior Coroner Joanne Kearsley, bereavement nurse Milly Cooke, Area Coroner Lisa Jeanette Hashmi.
04 October 2018
The country’s first bereavement nurse assigned to a coroner’s office started her new role this week.
Festival of remembrance.
04 October 2018
A poignant Festival of Remembrance will be held next month to mark 100 years since the end of World War One.
Councillor Allen Brett at the building site.
03 October 2018
A new road is set to open in Rochdale town centre as the Rochdale Riverside shopping and leisure development continues to take shape.
Picture of Councillor Iftikhar Ahmed.
03 October 2018
We have welcomed the government’s announcement of extra funding for social care but warned that more money is needed to avert a future crisis.
5 winners of the junior parkrun with council's superhero.
03 October 2018
Children from Queen’s Park junior parkrun are raring to go for this weekend’s Williams BMW Rochdale Fun Run after being visited by a local superhero.
Spectators cheering on the runners.
03 October 2018
Runners and spectators are getting ready for the Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run this Sunday, 7 October 2018 morning when over 1200 runners hit the road for the annual event.
Councillor Billy Sheerin and Councillor Iftikhar Ahmed with volunteers.
02 October 2018
An innovative befriending service is looking for volunteers to provide help and support in a drive to combat isolation and loneliness across the borough.
A little girl wearing headphones.
01 October 2018
There’s lots for children and families to look forward to at this year’s Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival.
Announcer Dave Sweetmore.
01 October 2018
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, 7 October 2018 and the final countdown is on.
Primary school children raising their arms.
01 October 2018
Parents of children who are due to start primary school in September 2019 can apply for their child’s first school place from Monday, 1 October 2018.
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