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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.

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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Rochdale extends its Swim Academy partnership with STA

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02
Feb
2016

He said: "Being an STA branded Swim Academy has significantly improved the brand awareness of our swimming programmes and because STA does not charge approved centre fees for training, we have been...

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Natural Makers

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15
Dec
2015

Ceramicist Adam Buick begins with the simplicity of Korean Moon Jars, traditionally made in pure white porcelain. Buick has adopted this lunar form as a ‘canvas’ for his work, onto which he...

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Council’s Christmas and New Year service changes

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10
Dec
2015

Adult Care will continue to deliver services for vulnerable people throughout. Sure Start Children’s Centres are open as usual up to Thursday 24 December 2015 (please check December timetables...

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Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival sees record ticket sales

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09
Dec
2015

This year’s programmeincluded talks by actress Helen Lederer, playwright Bonnie Greer OBE, comedian Dom Joly, historian David Starkey and author Jonathan Harvey. The Flying Horse Hotel hosted...

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Rochdale’s ancient Egyptian artefacts on display at national show

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07
Dec
2015

Beyond Beauty is created by the Bulldog Trust in partnership with six museums from across the country. Many of the artefacts on display come from the same archaeological excavations, and are seen...

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Big crowds watch Rochdale's Christmas lights switch on

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24
Nov
2015

It started to look a lot like Christmas this weekend when the Christmas lights switch-on took place in front of a packed crowd by Rochdale Town Hall. Well over 1,000 people attended the event which...

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Santa Claus is coming to Touchstones Rochdale

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17
Nov
2015

Santa Claus is coming to town, so come and take part in the family festive fun. Filled with magic, excitement and an enchanting atmosphere, this year's Santa's Grotto at Touchstones Rochdale is a...

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We will remember – crowds expected for Remembrance services

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29
Oct
2015

Councillor Alan McCarthy, the council's Lead Member for the Armed Forces, said the Legion does fantastic work and is encouraging everyone to wear their poppy with pride: "The Legion's work is...

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Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival celebrates record numbers

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26
Oct
2015

The festival kicked off on Friday, with a hilarious session with actress and comedienne Helen Lederer, who got big laughs from the audience as she talked about her new comedy novel ‘Losing...

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A record number of visitors celebrate Heritage Open Days

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26
Oct
2015

The architecture and cultural heritage on display across the four days in September ranged from: access to fascinating guided walks, tours and talks, many of Rochdale borough's historic and...

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