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Councillor Janet Emsley with members of Middleton Pubwatch.
23 August 2019
Door staff working at venues in Middleton town centre will wear body cameras to help cut down on alcohol-related crime and antisocial behaviour.
Jim Healey with the Mayor of Rochdale, Councillor Janet Emsley and family.
23 August 2019
We have honoured a 94-year-old veteran who played a key part in the D-Day landings on Normandy beaches.
Councillor Janet Emsley with children in a library.
23 August 2019
Youngsters taking part in this year’s summer reading challenge will be among the first to get their hands on specially created souvenir Dippy bookmarks.
Riz Ali, winner of the competition.
22 August 2019
Young local playwright Riz Ali has been crowned winner of a competition organised by Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival for 14-25 year olds and will now see her words brought to life on the stage this autumn.
Nomad Clan.
16 August 2019
A Rochdale-born internationally renowned mural artist who has worked all over the globe is coming back to her hometown to paint one of the most iconic buildings in the town centre.
The Medicine Tap.
15 August 2019
Rochdale's town centre has beaten off stiff competition to be shortlisted for the rising star award in the government’s Great British High Street Awards 2019.
John Craven.
15 August 2019
Another famous name is heading to Rochdale this autumn.
Councillor Iftikhar Ahmed with members of our adult care team.
15 August 2019
Rochdale Borough Council showed its feeling for sensory issues as scores of people attended their adult care’s annual awareness day at Number One Riverside.
Bottles of alcoholic drinks.
14 August 2019
Businesses selling alcohol are being warned that underage drinking will not be tolerated after 2 premises were caught selling alcohol to under-18s.
The Coral performing on the Rochdale Feel Good Festival stage.
13 August 2019
More than 11,000 people packed Rochdale town centre on Saturday for Rochdale Feel Good Festival - our annual celebration of music, food and family entertainment.
The 2018 winner.
08 August 2019
The shortlist for this year’s Rochdale Borough Design Awards has been announced, and it’s time for you to vote.
Racing cyclists.
08 August 2019
Team INEOS, Team Jumbo – Visma and Team Sunweb headline the 20 teams confirmed for this September’s OVO Energy Tour of Britain.
The Coral.
07 August 2019
Rochdale Feel Good Festival will be tickling tastebuds and filling the town with live music and family fun this weekend.
Konnie Huq.
05 August 2019
Discounted tickets will be available for all shows booked by Tuesday, 27 August 2019.
A serving team in a pub.
01 August 2019
The official beer for this year’s Rochdale Feel Good Festival has been unveiled.
Rochdale Riverside.
01 August 2019
Rochdale’s new leisure and retail complex, Rochdale Riverside, has scored another occupier, with Hollywood Bowl Group signing a deal to bring its new indoor mini golf concept, Puttstars, to the scheme.
Olivia Lomenech Gill.
30 July 2019
The first 5 names on the line-up for the 2019 Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival have been revealed.
Adult care team.
26 July 2019
We are holding our annual information and advice day for residents with hearing, sight and speech problems.
Alleyway with flowers, table and chairs.
25 July 2019
The winners of the annual ‘Alleyways in Bloom’ competition for 2019 have been announced.
Veterans at the regatta.
25 July 2019
Veterans from across the borough caused a ripple when they displayed their sailing skills on the national stage.
Home-Start charity with donation cheque.
25 July 2019
Local charity Home-Start has been chosen as the first to receive a cash donation raised from recycling metals remaining after cremations.
Councillor Allen Brett at the site of some road repairs.
25 July 2019
A mammoth road repair programme will see over 100 roads targeted over the next few months, as we continue our work to make Rochdale’s roads the best in Greater Manchester.
100th event celebration at Queen's Park.
24 July 2019
Queen’s Park junior parkrun has celebrated its 100th event.
Councillor Neil Emmott in the dino garden.
24 July 2019
A pre-historic dinosaur garden is set to play a starring role in Rochdale’s North West in Bloom entry this year, as the borough gears up to welcome Dippy the dinosaur in 2020.
Councillor Janet Emsley and Julia Heap.
23 July 2019
Hopwood Hall College is supporting August's Rochdale Feel Good Festival. The multi award-winning further education provider is sponsoring the Family Zone at the summer festival for the first time.
Parkfield Primary School students.
23 July 2019
Brimrod, Parkfield and Boarshaw Community primary schools are celebrating cash prizes as students took on the recycling challenge.
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.
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Street art festival - Rochdale Uprising
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