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A large of crowd of festivalgoers watching Feeder.
20 August 2018
More than 14,000 people packed Rochdale town centre on Saturday for the annual celebration of music, food and family entertainment that is Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
Councillor Iftikhar Ahmed with council staff.
17 August 2018
We showed our feeling for sensory issues as people from across the borough flocked to our adult care team’s annual awareness day.
Festivalgoers.
16 August 2018
Rochdale Feel Good Festival goers are advised to plan their journey, arrive early and allow plenty of time to get to the event this weekend.
A discarded cigarette butt.
16 August 2018
We've brought successful prosecutions against 3 people who did not pay their littering Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN).
Councillor Kieran Heakin
16 August 2018
More students, taking more A-Levels, are getting top marks across the borough.
Andy Turner and Toni Carter from our apprenticeship team.
15 August 2018
Our team has been announced as finalists for the North West in the ‘Macro Employer of the Year Award’.
Healthy Hero Rochelle meets a fan.
15 August 2018
Desmond the Dragon made a new friend this weekend as children learnt about the importance of drinking water at Rochdale AFC’s first home game of the season.
Louise Minchin.
13 August 2018
Tickets for Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival are on sale now, with 25% off, so book yours early and save money this month.
4 members of the smokefree summer team.
13 August 2018
This year’s Rochdale Feel Good Festival will make its Family Zone smokefree for the first time.
Staff receiving Millie's Mark award.
13 August 2018
Local nursery providers Jayne and Darren Grindrod who run nurseries in Heywood, are the first providers in the borough of Rochdale to achieve an accredited first aid award.
Rochdale In Bloom judges on the staircase at Rochdale Town Hall.
10 August 2018
Gardening experts from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) arrived in Rochdale on Thursday, 9 August 2018 to judge the town’s planting power.
Band portrait of Feeder.
09 August 2018
Rochdale Feel Good Festival will be tickling tastebuds and filling the town with live music this month.
Manager Patricia Boothman with serving staff.
08 August 2018
As Rochdale’s Flying Horse Hotel prepares to welcome the crowds for its busiest day of the year, manager Patricia Boothman looks ahead to this month’s Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
Simon Armitage. Photo credit: Wolfgang Webster.
06 August 2018
The first 4 names on the line-up for this year’s Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival have been revealed.
Green recycling bins.
03 August 2018
We've been shortlisted for the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) Annual awards for Best Service Team: Waste Management and Recycling.
Andy Turner and Toni Carter from the apprenticeship team at the House of Commons.
03 August 2018
The team that manages our apprenticeship programme have been shortlisted for the North West Regional Finals of the National Apprenticeship Awards.
Councillors Phil Burke and Allen Brett with local businesspeople and supporters.
01 August 2018
Businesses in Middleton are backing our plan to bring Metrolink to the town.
Councillor John Blundell with staff from JH Cunliffe.
01 August 2018
A Rochdale textile company which was founded nearly 150 years ago is looking for staff to help meet the growing demand for the ‘Made in Britain’ brand.
Councillor Iftikhar Ahmed with colleagues and residents at the 2017 Sensory Awareness Day event.
27 July 2018
We're holding an information and advice day for the thousands of residents across the borough with hearing, sight and speech problems.
Close up of a hand adjusting a radiator.
27 July 2018
We've launched a new scheme to help reduce energy bills for residents and ensure they’re not left out in the cold once the summer ends.
Ask The Right Questions logo.
25 July 2018
An innovative campaign is launched in time for summer holidays to provide parents with guidance and advice on out of school activities.
Councillor Allen Brett.
25 July 2018
45 day consultation launched as Rochdale plans to save a further £3.6 million for General Services
2 young children.
23 July 2018
If you've always wanted to know more about the rewarding role of fostering, our team are holding an information session at The Royal Toby in Castleton.
Councillor Neil Emmott at one of the new flood defence schemes.
23 July 2018
The government has given a major boost to a £46 million flood defence scheme to be built in the borough of Rochdale.
Councillors Allen Brett and Liam O'Rourke with Tony Lloyd MP and pupils.
20 July 2018
Primary school children swapped the classroom for Rochdale Town Hall’s historic chamber as part of National Democracy Week.
Winning playwright Danny Rose.
20 July 2018
An aspiring young writer will have his ‘A Different story of Rochdale’ narrative performed on the stage after winning a playwriting competition.
Winning teacher, Chris Lowe, with pupils.
19 July 2018
Local Rochdale primary school teacher, Chris Lowe, has been awarded a coveted place to visit CERN - the European Organisation for Nuclear Research - in Switzerland by The Ogden Trust, the charity dedicated to promoting the teaching and learning of physics
A barman serving up a pint of Buck Rogers.
19 July 2018
The official beer for this year’s Rochdale Feel Good Festival has been unveiled.
Festivalgoers queuing for food.
19 July 2018
It’s well known for live music, but the food and drink will be drawing admirers too at Rochdale Feel Good Festival this summer.
The Mayor of Rochdale with the 11 finalists.
18 July 2018
Lowerplace Primary School crowned their first ever spelling bee champion as a new competition created a buzz.
Sarah Mahmood.
18 July 2018
Former Member of Youth Parliament, Sarah Mahmood, is praised for her work improving the lives of young people in the borough by being awarded a Diana Award.
Middleton Memorial Gardens.
18 July 2018
Denehurst Park and Middleton Memorial Gardens have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as some of the very best in the world.
Councillor Janet Emsley, Esme Bond, aged 4 and Michelle Krauza and Joanna Yeomans from our library service.
18 July 2018
One of the nation’s best loved children’s comics will provide the inspiration for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge across local libraries.
Picture from 2017 Ace Awards.
16 July 2018
Residents can now nominate a member of our staff or team they feel deserves recognition. Nominations are open for our ACE Staff Awards.
Councillor Janet Emsley and pupils from Smithy Bridge Primary School.
16 July 2018
Children at Smithy Bridge Primary School are flying high after again winning our ‘name the peregrine falcon chick’ competition.
Staff and pupils from Kentmere Academy.
16 July 2018
Rochdale’s Kentmere Academy came out top of the class with the prestigious Primary School of the Year accolade in the record breaking Manchester School Awards.
Councillor Allen Brett with a road repair crew in the background.
12 July 2018
A massive programme to repair roads across Rochdale borough has moved up a gear, with townships approving a hit list of more than 950 streets.
Councillor Kieran Heakin speaking at the event.
11 July 2018
Hundreds of young people and carers were entertained at our celebration day for the achievements of the borough’s cared for children.
Boxes of toothpaste littering a play area.
11 July 2018
Finding hundreds of boxes of toothpaste strewn across Eafield Road play area on Sunday didn’t make councillors Allen Brett or Aftab Hussain smile.
A sign outside a polling station.
11 July 2018
We are reviewing polling districts and polling places and seeking your feedback. We want to know if you think we are using the most convenient places for you to vote.
Director of Children's Services Gail Hopper, new Children's Champion Millie Connor and Councillor Kieran Heakin.
10 July 2018
Rochdale Town Hall hosted a special ceremony on Tuesday, 3 July 2018, as schoolchildren across the borough elected their new children’s champion.
Councillor Mohammed Zaman with Rochdale in Bloom and Armed Forces veterans.
09 July 2018
A beautiful floral pop up display has been installed next to the Gracie Fields Statue outside Rochdale Town Hall to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.
O2 gurus with Councillor Janet Emsley.
06 July 2018
Digital communications stores O2 Rochdale and O2 Middleton are backing this summer’s Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
Councillor Iftikhar Ahmed.
04 July 2018
Our cabinet member for adult care has accused the government of ‘dither and delay’ over its continued failure to find a long-term funding solution for social care.
Councillor Allen Brett with apprentices.
03 July 2018
We've been recognised as one of the top employers in the country after the Government hailed our pioneering apprenticeship scheme.
Councillor Janet Emsley with veterans John Sharp, Peter Clegg and David Forbes.
02 July 2018
The borough came together to mark the annual Armed Forces Day with a series of special flag raising events across local communities.
Link4Life Programme Manager Scott Hardy with competition winner Amelia Platt and Healthy Hero Rochelle.
29 June 2018
4 primary school pupils from the borough of Rochdale have been announced winners of a competition to design a 70th birthday card for the NHS in this very special year.
Reflexologist Michelle Mills in her new office.
29 June 2018
A solution for stressed out office workers may have been found in Rochdale – after massage therapist and reflexologist Michelle Mills moved to Globe House business centre in the town.
Artist's impression of the revamped museum.
29 June 2018
Plans to redevelop Rochdale’s Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum are firing on all cylinders, with the National Lottery approving a £1.7 million grant to transform the space.
Councillor Janet Emsley with People's Powerhouse Chair Edna Robinson and radio host Helen Nugent.
26 June 2018
One of the most important centenaries in British history – the Representation of the People Act 1918 was celebrated in Rochdale last week during a special evening at the town hall.
Councillor Kieran Heakin.
25 June 2018
Our youth service has launched its new Youth Opportunity Fund to give young people across the borough the chance to apply for money to finance new activities.
Our leader, Councillor Allen Brett.
25 June 2018
We're warning residents that unless two ‘desperately-needed’ new schools are built hundreds of primary school children face long journeys or even leaving the borough for their secondary education.
Band portrait of Scuttlers.
22 June 2018
Local band Scuttlers are celebrating after getting a slot on the main stage of this summer’s Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
The Mayor, Councillor Mohammed Zaman, with the winners on the town hall steps.
22 June 2018
Primary schools in the borough of Rochdale have been commended for their commitment to providing healthier food options to their pupils.
A 2017 winner in Edenfield.
22 June 2018
Green-fingered residents are being encouraged to get gardening as the Alleyways in Bloom competition returns for its 11th year.
A bee resting on a cornflower.
22 June 2018
Bees, butterflies and a host of small insects and animals are getting the boost they need thanks to our scheme.
Outgoing children's champion, George Holt.
21 June 2018
Outgoing children’s champion George Holt shares his highlights as the borough gets set to elect a new children's champion.
Children with their teacher in a science class.
21 June 2018
Rockets, magnets, and electricity were among many of the things on test at Lowerplace Primary School as part of the national Great Science Share.
A mother and her daughters at the event.
21 June 2018
Families packed into Rochdale’s Springfield Park for an afternoon of stories, songs and games to celebrate National Bookstart Week.
Councillor Allen Brett
21 June 2018
Regional transport bosses have signalled their support for our plan to link Middleton with Greater Manchester’s Metrolink system.
Councillor Kieran Heakin.
20 June 2018
This week sees the start of the It’s Not Okay Greater Manchester week of action on child sexual exploitation.
Runners getting ready for the fun run.
20 June 2018
Entry for Williams BMW Rochdale Fun Run opens next month.
Councillor Sara Rowbotham and Senior Library and Information Assistant Joanna Yeomans.
19 June 2018
Libraries across Rochdale have taken delivery of new mental health books as part of the Reading Well for mental health scheme.
Volunteers working on the wall.
19 June 2018
We don’t believe that anybody feels the way we do about the volunteers who joined forces to plant the new ‘Wonderwall’ at Rochdale’s Crown Oil Arena.
The 6 candidates.
19 June 2018
The hopes of the 6 candidates are now in the hands of primary schools across the borough.
A falcon in flight.
19 June 2018
They already have a bird’s eye view of Rochdale and now the falcon chicks nesting at the Town Hall have names to be proud of.
Rochdale's Healthy Hero Rochelle with the team from Derby Street Children's Centre.
18 June 2018
We've signed up to a new campaign to promote healthier drink choices for under 5s across the borough.
Councillor John Blundell and business owner Karen Simpson.
18 June 2018
It’s so-fa so good for the new Heywood furniture business, Simpson Furniture, which has just opened its doors at Church Place.
Make Music Day logo.
18 June 2018
An evening of free live music is on offer in Rochdale this week as part of an international celebration of music.
A nurse with a patient.
18 June 2018
Women in Rochdale are being encouraged to check they are up to date with their cervical screening as part of cerraged to check they are up to date with their cervical screening as part of cervical screening awareness week.
Councillor Janet Emsley with police staff and our community safety team.
15 June 2018
Local groups from the voluntary, not for profit and charitable sector are now able to apply for thousands of pounds of new grant funding.
Councillor Kieran Heakin.
15 June 2018
Four schools in the borough have been shortlisted in to the Greater Manchester School Awards.
The Urban Astronaut.
15 June 2018
A new fun and interactive Family Zone for parents and children is being introduced as part of Rochdale Feel Good Festival this summer.
Councillor John Blundell, Martyn Fishwick and Jasmine Chackeray-Bowker.
14 June 2018
The 1st of 40 new industrial units to help growing businesses in Rochdale have been snapped up, bringing 15 new jobs into the borough.
Councillors Iftikhar Ahmed and Billy Sheerin with residents.
14 June 2018
Rochdale nursing home The Mews has been praised by our cabinet member for adult care after its outstanding inspection report.
The youth band playing and marching through the streets.
12 June 2018
Rochdale Music Service’s youth brand band hit top marks and top notes at the annual Saddleworth band contest.
Pupils from the 6 schools posing with their art.
12 June 2018
Move over Picasso - pupils from schools in Heywood are showing off their artistic talent for all to see.
Suffragettes marching.
12 June 2018
Later this month Rochdale celebrates one of the most important centenaries in British history – the Representation of the People Act 1918 which paved the way to all men and women over 21 gaining the right to vote 10 years later.
Flying Horse Hotel manager Patricia Boothman and the service team.
01 June 2018
Renowned local business The Flying Horse Hotel has thrown its support behind Rochdale Feel Good Festival, sponsoring the main stage for the 10th consecutive year.
The new link road.
01 June 2018
Rochdale’s excellent transport links have moved up a gear, with the opening of a new link road to connect Oldham Road and Rochdale railway station.
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