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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.
Chloe Johnson.
29 August 2019
More award success follows for our apprentice superstar Chloe Johnson as she is named as a regional finalist in the National Apprenticeship Awards.
Cyclists starting a race.
28 August 2019
More details have been announced about how Rochdale will welcome the OVO Energy Tour of Britain in September 2019.
Runners setting off.
28 August 2019
We’re planning to make the 2019 Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run the greenest one yet.
Dylan Groenewegen.
27 August 2019
4-time Tour de France stage winner Dylan Groenewegen will return to the OVO Energy Tour of Britain this September for his 3rd appearance in the UK’s biggest professional cycle race.
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.
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Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run
06 October 2019
Returning for its 5th year, taking you on a tour of our historic town and breath-taking countryside.
Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival
14 October 2019

14-21 October 2019

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Queen Victoria Christmas Ball
20 December 2019

20-21 December 2019

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