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Clinton Baptiste, played by comedian Alex Lowe.
26 March 2019
A character made famous by classic television sitcom Phoenix Nights will be on stage at Middleton Arena later this autumn during his UK tour.
Natasha Brown with winner Lesley Anderson and co-judge Andrew Nutter.
25 March 2019
3 local bakers are celebrating after winning prizes in the 2019 Rochdale Food & Drink Festival cake competition.
Councillor Janet Emsley checks her Fitbit results.
25 March 2019
Councillors in the borough of Rochdale have been moving more thanks to Fitbits.
Councillors with local residents.
25 March 2019
Plans that will transform a piece of land into a new play area that will become a hub for community activity have been revealed.
The Mayor of Rochdale with volunteers.
25 March 2019
We've pledged our support for this year’s Great British Spring Clean, run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.
Caen Matthews, Stephen Burke, Councillor Janet Emsley and Chris Aughey.
25 March 2019
2 local companies are celebrating after been shortlisted for coveted awards for helping to restore Rochdale Cenotaph to its former glory.
The site of new housing development.
22 March 2019
​A project to transform 4 major brownfield sites in Rochdale is underway with the developers laying the foundations for 264 new homes.
Eirene and Bob Holt.
22 March 2019
A scheme to help Rochdale borough residents stay warm over winter is heating up, with more funding secured for the project.
The Mayor of Rochdale opening the new play area.
22 March 2019
A new toddler play area that includes a bicycle track to teach children how to cycle on roads has been unveiled today, Friday, 22 March 2019, at Ings Lane play area, known locally as ‘The Rec’.
Sunrise Team logo.
22 March 2019
A family-run drugs gang who forced a vulnerable young child to deal narcotics for them has been jailed.
Councillor Janet Emsley with library staff.
22 March 2019
Libraries across the borough are expecting a full house as literature lovers branch out to enjoy a new take on one of the nation’s favourite pastimes.
Runners at the start line of Rochdale Half Marathon.
21 March 2019
Get your skates on if you want to snap up an early bird entry for the Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon or 10K. Until midnight on Sunday, 31 March 2019, entry to the half marathon has been reduced by £7, and there’s £4 off the 10K.
Andrew Nutter.
19 March 2019
Crowds descended on Rochdale Town Hall at the weekend for Rochdale Food and Drink Festival - staged for the 2nd time last Saturday, 16 March 2019 with stalls, live cooking, star chefs, bars, workshops, family entertainment and music.
People discussing at a hydration event.
19 March 2019
​Older people across the borough of Rochdale learned about the importance of staying hydrated and well-nourished as part of international Nutrition and Hydration Week.
Teacher at Family STEM Night.
14 March 2019
Lowerplace Primary school threw open its doors on the evening of Monday, 11 March 2019 for parents to enjoy science lessons.
Julie Dalton.
13 March 2019
Julie Dalton from our additional needs service, which supports children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), has won a prestigious accolade at the National Autistic Society's Autism Professionals Awards.
New play area at Denehurst Park.
13 March 2019
Denehurst Park is set to host a family open day as work on the new state-of-the-art children’s play area is completed.
Traders inside Rochdale Town Hall.
12 March 2019
Rochdale Food and Drink Festival rolls into town on Saturday, 16 March 2019, packed with stalls, live cooking, star chefs, bars, workshops, family entertainment and music.
Example artwork for International Women's Day.
08 March 2019
Artwork created by young people from Milnrow Youth Club will be on display at Rochdale Pioneers to mark International Women’s Day.
The speakers seized in Rochdale.
08 March 2019
Commercial speakers have been seized from a home in Rochdale after months of non-stop partying kept neighbours awake.
Image of Katie O'Malley.
07 March 2019
It’s not just about the food at this month’s Rochdale Food and Drink Festival – there’s a menu of live music to keep you entertained while you tuck in and enjoy the mouth-watering fare.
Councillors at Marland Golf Course.
07 March 2019
A plan to ensure that Rochdale’s Marland Golf Course can stay open is set to swing into action in April 2019 after we agreed to support a takeover plan put forward by 2 local businessmen.
Children with toothbrushes at St John's CE Primary School.
07 March 2019
Hundreds of under 5s across Rochdale are set to be saved from the pain and misery of tooth decay after the borough was selected to take part in a new £1.5 million programme to transform the dental health of children across Greater Manchester.
Little girl riding a bike with her dads.
06 March 2019
LGBT+ Adoption and Fostering Week calls on more LGBT+ people to explore these routes into parenting after the number of looked-after children in England hits a new high.
Rochdale Borough Council logo image.
05 March 2019
Our council leader is urging residents to have their say on the Greater Manchester plan for Jobs and Homes, the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF), before the consultation closes later this month (March 2019).
Councillor Janet Emsley with Deeds not Words group.
04 March 2019
Famous names from the world of arts and culture will be heading to the borough in October 2019 when Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival returns for its 7th year.
Bride at Rochdale Wedding Show.
04 March 2019
Catwalk glamour returned to town this weekend when Rochdale Wedding Show was staged on Sunday, 3 March 2019.
Winners of the town hall bells naming content with Phil Trow.
01 March 2019
​Rochdale Town Hall’s bells have been named following a special competition that chimed with people across the land.
Rochdale town centre.
01 March 2019
​An artisan market, showcasing some of the best food and drink producers in the North West, is set to bring a taste of something different to Rochdale town centre.
Councillor Kieran Heakin.
01 March 2019
We've secured funding from the Department for Education which will see health visitors trained to support children most at risk of starting school without basic language and communications skills.
Flytipped rubbish.
28 February 2019
It will now be easier to take action against flytippers in the borough of Rochdale after councillors adopted new powers to issue £400 fines for small scale offences in February 2019.
Councillor Allen Brett.
28 February 2019
At a full council meeting at Rochdale Town Hall on Wednesday, 27 February 2019, we agreed to increase our share of Council Tax by 3.99% to help cover the continued reduction in government funding to the borough.
Andrew Nutter from Nutters Restaurant.
26 February 2019
Rochdale Food and Drink Festival hosts a ‘Natural History Adventure’ themed cake competition when the event returns on Saturday, 16 March 2019 – so it’s time to dust off those aprons and create a masterpiece!!
Rochdale Town Hall exterior.
25 February 2019
The £16 million redevelopment of Rochdale’s grade I listed town hall has taken a major step forward, with the appointment of an award-winning architecture firm to take forward its restoration.
Map of proposed train routes through Middleton.
22 February 2019
Transport bosses have signalled a brand new train station could be in the offering for Slattocks as part of a multi-billion pound package of proposals put forward in the 2040 transport strategy.
2 sellers at Bowlee Car Boot Sale.
21 February 2019
Bowlee Car Boot Sale and Market – one of the most popular in Greater Manchester - returns in April 2019.
Dave Sweetmore at Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
21 February 2019
​Popular Rochdale DJ Dave Sweetmore will host the main stage at August 2019's Rochdale Feel Good Festival.
Austin Hopley and Adolfus Lewis.
20 February 2019
They’re not television stars or best-selling cookery authors, but 2 Rochdale chefs, Austin Hopley and Adolfus Lewis, are preparing to put their culinary skills to the test in front of a live audience for the first time at our food and drink festival.
Rochdale Borough Safeguarding Children Board.
18 February 2019
Rochdale Borough Safeguarding Children Board has launched a new campaign aimed at helping local parents and carers with young babies to cope with infant crying.
Bottles of alcohol in a row.
18 February 2019
Pubs, bars and clubs in the borough are being warned underage drinking won't be tolerated after 3 premises were caught serving alcohol to under 18s.
Councillor Liam O'Rourke, Councillor Allen Brett and Claire McCarthy standing in front of John Bright bust.
15 February 2019
A national campaign which is calling for the eradication of modern day slavery has been backed by us.
All member of youth parliament candidates with Mayor of Rochdale.
15 February 2019
The final 6 candidates have been out campaigning for votes over the past few months and voting has been taking place up and down the borough in schools, youth centres and online.
Rochdale Feel Good Festival live music stage.
14 February 2019
An exciting programme of events is on the calendar, to provide a boost to residents and businesses as well as attracting thousands of visitors from across the region.
Residents enjoying socialising at the borough's new dementia hub.
12 February 2019
The community and voluntary sector are now able to apply for funding to reduce social isolation for older people.
Rochdale Borough Council's community safety team host stalls at Number One Riverside.
08 February 2019
The borough of Rochdale has come together to take a stand against hate crime as part of Greater Manchester’s hate crime awareness week.
Elderly women from Half Acre Care home.
07 February 2019
Half Acre House Care Home in Rochdale underlined its pioneering spirit when its residents enjoyed a special day out to the town’s original Co-operative shop.
Councillor Kieran Heakin.
07 February 2019
The council’s Youth Opportunity Fund is available for young people across the borough to apply for money to finance new activities.
Models at Rochdale Wedding Show.
07 February 2019
Rochdale Wedding Show returns to our world famous town hall next month - and final preparations are well under way, with brides and grooms from across the region set to descend on the town.
Councillor Iftikhar Ahmed along with other council members.
05 February 2019
Heywood-based social enterprise Possibilities is trailblazing a visionary facility to help boost the mental wellbeing of vulnerable people.
Councillor Kieran Heakin with Gail Hopper Director of Children's services.
01 February 2019
Government inspectors have praised the council’s children’s services following a visit last month.
School children in science lab coats.
01 February 2019
Chris Lowe, assistant headteacher and science leader at Lowerplace Primary School, Rochdale, is to receive a Primary Science Teacher Award; it has been announced by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).
Group of people in Middleton Arena to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.
31 January 2019
The borough of Rochdale has marked Holocaust Memorial Day with a special ceremony.
Premier Kia staff members with Councillor Janet Emsley.
30 January 2019
Rochdale Food and Drink Festival has a new sponsor - automotive dealer Premier Kia will be the official partner of the festival which returns to Rochdale Town Hall on Saturday, 16 March 2019.
Nominee Julie Dalton.
30 January 2019
Julie Dalton from our additional needs service, which supports children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), has been shortlisted in the National Autistic Society's prestigious Autism Professionals Awards.
Map of proposed tram-train network.
30 January 2019
A major new tram-train system could be coming down the line for Heywood after transport secretary Chris Grayling signalled his support for the expansion of the Metrolink in Greater Manchester.
Last year competitors for cake competition.
28 January 2019
Have you got what it takes to bake a showstopper worthy of being crowned the best cake? Rochdale Food & Drink Festival will be hosting a ‘Natural History Adventure’ themed cake competition when the event returns to the town hall.
Proposed design for Rochdale Town Hall Square.
25 January 2019
The first of a world class team who will transform Rochdale’s iconic grade I listed town hall and the surrounding area has been appointed by us.
WCCTV staff members.
25 January 2019
Rochdale’s own WCCTV has a laser sharp focus on further expansion this year, after securing major new contracts worth over £3 million.
Janet Emsley with sponsor.
25 January 2019
Family owned prestige motor retail centre, Williams Rochdale BMW has renewed its support for Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run, after signing a new 3-year deal.
Adult care team at Rochdale Borough Council.
23 January 2019
The quality of care and support delivered by Rochdale Borough Council’s adult care service is one of the best in the north-west.
Number One Riverside staff taking part in Cervical Cancer Prevention week.
22 January 2019
Women in the borough of Rochdale are being urged to attend their cervical screening as part of cervical cancer prevention week.
Rochdale favourite chef Aazam Ahmad.
18 January 2019
The region’s foodies are in for another treat – tickets are now on sale for cookery demonstrations in the festival kitchen at Rochdale Food & Drink Festival which is being staged on Saturday, 16 March 2019 in and around Rochdale Town Hall.
Councillor Iftikhar Ahmed with members of staff at Cleggsworth House Care Home.
18 January 2019
Care homes in the borough of Rochdale are helping to combat loneliness and depression amongst its residents – thanks to 5 pet hens which live on site.
Students talking to women from care home.
18 January 2019
An innovative partnership between a Rochdale care home and a national charity brought together young and old to share memories of their lives
Councillor Kieran Heakin.
17 January 2019
Government inspectors have praised the improvements made to our special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) service following a visit last month.
Amaan Iqbal nominated for Award for Personal Development.
15 January 2019
Amaan Iqbal, a young person who is part of Rochdale Youth Service, along with Gail Hopper, the director of children’s services, have both been nominated in the 2019 North West Youth Voice Awards.
A little girl high-fiving Rochelle at Happy Jacks.
14 January 2019
Children at Happy Jacks nursery have received a visit from a special guest to congratulate them on their work to keep healthy.
Council Leader outside town hall.
14 January 2019
The famous sound of Rochdale Town Hall’s bells gained national publicity when they rang out across the land on BBC Radio 4 over Christmas.
Councillor John Blundell with Richard Ward.
14 January 2019
7 brand new apartments are ready to hit the market as part of the council’s £400 million transformation of Rochdale town centre.
Rubbish fly tipped.
11 January 2019
2 more residents have been fined after council investigations linked them to rubbish found fly-tipped in Heywood and Middleton, and another for littering in Rochdale.
All 6 member of youth parliament candidates.
08 January 2019
The new year has got off to a great start for 6 of the borough’s young people as they are announced as finalists in the battle to be the next Member of Youth Parliament for the Rochdale Borough.
Council leader Allen Brett lobbying for the Middleton tram line.
08 January 2019
A new tram line linking the town of Middleton with Manchester city centre will be created after we campaigned for it to be included in a new regional transport strategy.
Logo of Rochdale Borough Council.
07 January 2019
An ambitious plan, which could transform Rochdale borough’s economy through the creation of thousands of new jobs and homes, is set to go out to public consultation for a 2nd time.
Runners at the start line of 2018's half marathon.
04 January 2019
​​​The starting gun has been fired for the opening of registration for 2019's Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon and 10K - and prices have been cut by up to 28 per cent for an early bird offer.
Volunteers at Denehurst Park.
03 January 2019
Plans for a new state-of-the-art children’s play area at Denehurst Park are in full swing after a £98,048 grant from Viridor Credits Environmental Company, through the Landfill Communities Fund.
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