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Latest News and Press Releases


All the latest news, information and press releases on leisure, culture and events from Link4Life and Rochdale Borough Council.

Rochdale Leisure Centre £500k fitness refurbishment

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05
Jul
2016

Rochdale Leisure Centre’s fitness suite re-opened on Saturday 2nd July following a £500k refurbishment. The facility now includes the industry’s most advanced cardio equipment, including...

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Nominate your local sporting and culture heroes

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16
May
2016

The borough of Rochdale is once again getting ready to recognise and celebrate its own local sporting and culture heroes! If you know a 'Person', 'Club' or 'Organisation' that has made a difference...

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Opening up… memories, conversations and heritage

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11
May
2016

Karen Heatley, Museum Curator at Touchstones Rochdale said: "Many people with dementia remember the distant past more clearly than more recent events, because...

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Free Fitness for Armed Forces extended

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28
Apr
2016

Armed forces personnel will be able to continue to use facilities free of charge at Rochdale Leisure Centre, Middleton Arena, Littleborough Sports Centre, Heywood Sports Village, Bowlee Park Sports...

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Creative Play Sessions for Babies and Parents at Touchstones Rochdale

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26
Apr
2016

  Do you have a baby under 2? Touchstones Rochdale is welcoming babies and their parents to a new creative play session in the Art Gallery. Every first...

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Women Artists: From 1861 to 2015

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18
Apr
2016

  19 March 2016 - Spring 2017 A new exhibition at Touchstones Rochdale, Women Artists: From 1861 to 2015, celebrates the role of women in the art...

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Flag-raising family fun for St George’s Day

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15
Apr
2016

Rochdale Borough Council is flying the flag for St George’s Day by inviting residents to take part in celebrations at the annual flag-raising ceremony outside the town hall on Saturday 23...

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Rochdale salutes Major Edmund Gartside

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11
Apr
2016

Major Edmund T Gartside TD DL MA has been made an Honorary Freeman of the Borough, the highest civic honour Rochdale Borough Council can bestow on an individual. The Freedom of the Borough was...

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Rochdale ready to mark Queen's 90th Birthday with beacon lighting ceremony

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08
Apr
2016

As part of the commemoration event, the Army Cadet Force are taking special gas fueled beacons to the top of the four highest peaks in the UK: Ben Nevis – Scotland (1st Battalion Highlanders...

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Jenny Eclair confirmed for Rochdale’s literature feast

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05
Apr
2016

The first famous name booked for the 2016 Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival has been confirmed. The six-day festival in October will feature comedian, novelist and actress Jenny Eclair, best...

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Jerwood Makers Open 2015

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22
Mar
2016

  26 March - 11 June 2016 Zachary Eastwood-Bloom Malene Hartmann Rasmussen Jasleen Kaur Ian McIntyre Silo Studio A new exhibition at Touchstones...

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Hannah Leighton-Boyce: Instruments of Industry

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22
Mar
2016

  25 March - 11 June 2016 As part of the New Expressions 3 exhibition programme, artist Hannah Leighton-Boyce has benefited from the New Opportunities...

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STA to launch new school swimming academy

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10
Mar
2016

Unlike other award schemes, the eight-stage programme encompasses skills in strokes, distance, lifesaving skills and water safety, and encourages learners to go beyond the requirement to be able to...

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Touchstones Rochdale, once again, an award winning cultural attraction

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07
Mar
2016

Touchstones Rochdale the borough’s award-winning Arts and Heritage Centre has been awarded the prestigious Visit England Welcome Accolade. VAQAS (Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme) is...

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It’s back – Rochdale Feel Good Festival 2016

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26
Feb
2016

Rochdale Feel Good Festival will include live music across indoor venues, a main stage against the backdrop of the town hall and Stage 2 - the community stage.  Chefs and food producers will host...

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Walking footballers learn how to save a life

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25
Feb
2016

Walking Football players took the opportunity to take part in basic life support training following their training session on Thursday morning at Rochdale Leisure Centre. Training was supplied by...

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Young artists take over Touchstones Rochdale

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19
Feb
2016

Young people at Touchstones Rochdale have been spending their Saturday afternoons learning new art skills as part of Greater Manchester Youth Network's GiveGetGo! project. Four young people have...

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Council proposes 'Freedom of the Borough' for Major Gartside

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18
Feb
2016

Councillor Richard Farnell, leader of Rochdale Borough Council said: "As a council we would be honoured to bestow Freedom of the Borough on Major Edmund Gartside. In 2015 he unveiled the Gallipoli...

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New chapter in the Gracie Fields story as Rochdale heritage trail takes shape

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18
Feb
2016

Council Leader Richard Farnell, said: "Gracie Fields was a real Rochdale success story who enjoyed worldwide success at the height of her career. Although, she was made a freeman of our borough in...

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Calorie counts on the menu for council

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18
Feb
2016

Rochdale Borough Council is backing calls to make publishing calorie information on food and drink in pubs, restaurants and cinema chains a requirement. The council wants chains with more than 20...

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