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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.
Group portrait of Last Ride Home.
31 May 2018
4 more acts have been added to the line-up for this year’s Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
A falcon chick.
30 May 2018
Entries are set to flock in for our ‘Name the peregrine falcon chick’ competition. Find out how you can get involved.
An exterior shot of Rochdale Town Hall.
30 May 2018
Town Hall Square is set to undergo a massive redevelopment as part of plans to put it at the centre of a transformed public realm in the heart of Rochdale.
Two young children and their mother at the park.
29 May 2018
Hundreds of children are set to pack into Rochdale’s Springfield Park to enjoy an afternoon of stories, songs and games to celebrate National Bookstart Week.
Two couples enjoying the event.
29 May 2018
As temperatures soared, appetites were well and truly satisfied as crowds tucked into a double helping of food, drink and entertainment at the Street Eat festival.
Adult carers enjoying Carers Week.
24 May 2018
Local carers will take centre stage during a week of celebrations to mark National Carers’ Week from Monday, 11 to Monday, 18 June.
Caroline Kennedy, Councillor Janet Emsley, Lisa O'Neill-Rogan, Bryan Beresford and Punam Ramchurn.
23 May 2018
Aspiring young writers can show off their creative talents in a special playwriting competition asking them to pen a ‘different story of Rochdale’.
The 5 award winners with newsreader John Suchet.
22 May 2018
Young people from across the borough were invited to Buckingham Palace to celebrate their Duke of Edinburgh’s success.
Customers dining at the Street Eat festival.
18 May 2018
Last-minute preparations are under way for Street Eat which takes place over the May Bank Holiday Weekend. The 2-day festival will be serving up another helping for anyone looking for something to eat, drink and free entertainment.
The Mayor and Councillor Janet Emsley with students and staff from Hopwood Hall College.
18 May 2018
Residents of the borough of Rochdale came together to celebrate International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT).
Councillor Janet Emsley, Paul Cocker, Catherine Dewar and Councillor John Blundell
18 May 2018
The revival of one of Rochdale’s most famous historic shopping streets has moved a step closer, following the official launch of the Heritage Action Zone project in the town centre.
Our leader, Councillor Allen Brett, with Carl Herbert and Gary Dearden.
17 May 2018
2 ex-members of the armed forces are forging a new career helping to build the new Rochdale after landing jobs at Willmott Dixon, the local contractor building the £80m Rochdale Riverside retail and leisure development.
The new Mayor and Mayoress.
16 May 2018
The borough welcomed its new Mayor as Councillor Mohammed Zaman was sworn-in during a ceremony at Rochdale Town Hall last night.
The Curious Incident members posing on park benches.
15 May 2018
More acts have been added to the line-up for this year’s Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
Artist's impression of the redeveloped Bright Hall.
09 May 2018
Plans to transform Rochdale Town Hall, one of the best examples of Victorian architecture in the country, have been given an initial boost after the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) approved the first stage of an £8.9M bid.
Band portrait of The Uplifters
04 May 2018
3 more exciting and uplifting acts have been revealed for this summer’s Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
The Healthy Heroes cartoon characters.
03 May 2018
The NHS turns 70 years old on 5 July 2018 and NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group (HMR CCG) in partnership with us have launched a competition for primary school children to design a 70th birthday card for the NHS
Last year's male winner.
02 May 2018
Prizes for the Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon and 10K which takes place this October have been confirmed.
Fusiliers parading through Rochdale town centre.
01 May 2018
The 50th anniversary of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers was marked with a day of celebrations and a parade through Rochdale town centre.
Rich Hall performing on stage.
01 May 2018
Top comedy is returning to Middleton Arena next month - grouchy deadpan American comic Rich Hall is back with his ‘Hoedown’ show on Saturday, 9 June 2018, during the second leg of his national tour.
Image of a sign outside a polling station.
30 April 2018
With Thursday, 3 May 2018 approaching there’s just days to go until voters across the borough elect their councillors this week.
Image of Mark Ambrose and representatives from Willmott Dixon outside the town hall.
30 April 2018
Building and construction company Willmott Dixon are supporting this month’s Street Eat festival, which returns to Rochdale Town Hall Square on Saturday, 26 and Sunday, 27 May 2018.
Artist's impression of the new development.
27 April 2018
Plans for a new link road just off junction 19 of the M62, which will help to create thousands of new jobs and homes, have moved up a gear following the decision by the secretary of state not to call in the planning application.
Image of award winners at the Mayor's Youth Awards.
26 April 2018
Inspirational stories of youth achievement and pride were on display at the town hall for the Mayor’s Youth Awards.
Image from inside the Wellington.
24 April 2018
Rochdale’s new gastropub The Wellington will be bringing sophistication and style to this summer’s Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
Image of a band on stage at the Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
23 April 2018
Local bands and solo artists can bag themselves a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play in front of thousands of people as this year’s Rochdale Feel Good – Battle of the Bands opens for entries.
An image of fusiliers on parade.
20 April 2018
The 50th anniversary of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers will be celebrated in style with a special parade through Rochdale town centre on Saturday, 28 April 2018.
Liz Shaw at Rochdale Central Library.
19 April 2018
We have just launched another support service for new and growing businesses, with the introduction of the new Start Smart programme.
Hearing room door plaque.
18 April 2018
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) report into failings in Rochdale institutions between 1960 and 1996 is to be considered by the council ahead of a formal response.
Sunrise Team.
17 April 2018
A man who abused young girls throughout the 90s has been jailed after pleading guilty to a catalogue of sex offences.
Gail Hopper Director of children's services.
17 April 2018
The nervous wait for parents and carers up and down the borough is over as primary school offers are made.
Bridal models stood pictured with a vintage Rolls Royce.
17 April 2018
Catwalk glamour returned to town for the Rochdale Wedding Show, exhibiting the latest trends in bridalwear, formal menswear and everything else needed for the big day.
Rochdale’s Kingsway Business Park.
13 April 2018
Rochdale’s Kingsway Business Park could be home to one of four major logistics hubs which will help deliver Heathrow’s third runway.
Leader Allen Brett.
13 April 2018
Councillor Allen Brett, the leader of Rochdale Borough Council, said: “The first thing that I want to do, and what I think is the most important, is apologise to the victims of child sexual abuse.
IICSA logo.
12 April 2018
Steve Rumbelow, chief executive of Rochdale Borough Council, said: “The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) report details the ways in which the victims of child sexual abuse were failed in Rochdale between 1960 and 1996.
Clare Poole with ballot box.
11 April 2018
Please make sure you register to secure your vote in the upcoming local elections. On Thursday, 3 May 2018 voters go to the polls to elect the borough’s councillors.
Audience enjoying World Book Night event.
09 April 2018
Literature lovers are in for a treat on Saturday, 21 April 2018 when an award winning novelist visits Touchstones Arts and Heritage Centre in Rochdale.
Councillor and Mayor Ian Duckworth speaking at the event.
06 April 2018
Volunteers who helped those caught up in the ‘Beast from the East’ M62 motorway mayhem have been thanked at an event at Rochdale Town Hall.
Adult care team discharging a patient.
06 April 2018
A pioneering council service which ensures hundreds of people a month discharge from hospital on time has been praised by the government.
Women enjoying a drink at the Street Eat event.
05 April 2018
Thousands flocked to the first one last year – and hungry foodies are in for another Bank Holiday treat with the return of the Street Eat festival.
Mayor of Rochdale with award recipients.
03 April 2018
Hundreds of young people from across the borough were awarded their Duke of Edinburgh’s awards at special ceremony.
Wedding cakes.
03 April 2018
Rochdale Wedding Show returns to the town hall this month - and final preparations are well under way. Bringing around 40 of the borough’s creative, stylish and inspiring suppliers together alongside breath-taking catwalk shows.
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Make Music Day
21 June 2018
An evening of free live music in Rochdale as part of Make Music Day
Rochdale Feel Good Festival
18 August 2018
Fabulous FREE entertainment in Rochdale town centre. There will be live music, a quality food court and family entertainment.
Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run
07 October 2018
Rochdale Half Marathon and 10K returns for its 4th year. It’s one of the highlights of our sporting calendar.