What an unbelievable weekend it has been for the people of Rochdale! We managed to come together and celebrate the legacy of Gracie Fields through several fantastic events over the weekend.
It started on Friday night with the 1950’s Dinner Dance at Rochdale Town Hall and culminated with hundreds of people at Town Hall Square on Sunday to see the unveiling of the magnificent Gracie Fields statue.
The statue itself is absolutely magnificent with ‘our Gracie’ clutching her microphone on a granite plinth in the shadow of Rochdale Town Hall.
This is what civic pride is all about and it is weekends like this that make our town great. Special thanks must go to Rochdale Council who have worked tirelessly to get us to this point.
In addition to the Gracie Fields weekend, it was Rochdale Hornets who surprised us and the rest of the rugby league world by
toppling high flying Toulouse Olympique in their own back yard!
The win means they are promoted to the Championship for 2017. It is a remarkable achievement and has shown us how team
spirit and absolute togetherness can overcome financial success.
It well and truly puts Rochdale back on the Rugby League map and it is wonderful to see one of the original clubs back in the second tier.
It is great for the town of Rochdale and will provide us with a financial boost as we will welcome more people visiting the town to watch their teams.
Well done to everyone involved with the club from the directors to the players, coaching staff and support staff. It is a historic achievement and you should all be proud.
What an unbelievable weekend it has been for the people of Rochdale! We managed to come together and celebrate the legacy of Gracie Fields through several fantastic events over the...
Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk will once again lace up his running shoes in recognition of those who have gone the extra mile for their community.
Keen runner Mr Danczuk is in training to take on the Rochdale Half Marathon on September 25th in aid of the Growth Project.
A joint venture between Rochdale and District Mind and Hourglass Environmental Ltd, the scheme promotes good mental and physical health by coordinating a variety of outdoor activities ranging from woodwork to tending vegetable plots.
The project provides a safe and supportive environment for more than 80 Rochdale residents with mental health problems.
The team are enthusiastic participants every year when Rochdale enters Britain in Bloom. After last year’s floods, they worked flat out to make sure their patch of land off Kellett Street was in immaculate shape for the competition's judges.
But sadly, after the repair bill and other funding issues, the charity cannot afford to send its volunteers and service users to this year’s Britain in Bloom awards evening in Southport in October when the results will be announced.
Mr Danczuk said: “I had the privilege of visiting the Growth Project last year and speak to the men and women who have benefitted from this wonderful scheme.
“Everyone involved works incredibly hard and takes a great deal of pride in what they have achieved.
“The whole team has gone the extra mile to impress the Britain in Bloom judges and show our town in the best possible light.
“I think it's only right that I do something to help them by raising the £500 they need to attend the ceremony and enjoy a memorable evening.”
Hourglass Environment director Karen Hayday said: “It would be fantastic for them because everyone worked so hard putting the site back together after the floods in December.
“The place is unrecognisable now, the amount of work that has gone in has paid off because it looks absolutely beautiful.
“After all that, for them to be able to go to the award’s ceremony would mean the world.”
Visit crowdfunding.justgiving.com/rochdale-growth-project to contribute towards the fundraising target.
Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk will once again lace up his running shoes in recognition of those who have gone the extra mile for their community. Keen runner Mr Danczuk is...
Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk has praised community volunteers for breathing new life into one of the town’s most popular green spaces.
The MP recently took a stroll through Falinge Park to learn more about the excellent work being done by Vintage Worx Community Development Trust.
The volunteer run scheme has transformed the park in recent years, opening Chronicles Cafe to the public and hosting more than a dozen community events a year.
Vintage Worx also offer employment training, English lessons, community enterprise support, first aid classes and are even working on a recipe book.
Tracie Bowers of Vintage Worx said: “I love the fact that this is just stage one, we’ve opened the cafe for park users and we’re working hard on our Victorian Kitchen Gardens project.
“As a group we’ve got big plans for the future and we’re hoping to invest in the park - watch this space.”
Mr Danczuk said: “Falinge Park is virtually unrecognisable from when I first visited it and Vintage Worx deserve a lot of credit for transforming this space into an area Rochdale can be truly proud of.
“Falinge has had more than its fair share of bad press in recent years but there is so much positive work being done that should be celebrated.
“I know Vintage Worx have big plans for the park so I am excited about the future and happy to help out in any way I can.”
Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk has praised community volunteers for breathing new life into one of the town’s most popular green spaces. The MP recently took a stroll through Falinge Park...
Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk went the distance when it came to supporting a very worthy cause.
Mr Danczuk raised more than £800 for Rochdale homelessness charity Petrus by completing the 2016 London Marathon with a time of 4 hours and 49 minutes.
Petrus provides residential and day support services for people in housing need throughout Rochdale Borough.
The cheque was presented to Mayor and Mayoress councillors Surinder and Cecile Biant.
Simon Danczuk said: “I have visited Petrus on a number of occasions and have seen first-hand all the excellent work their staff and volunteers do to tackle homelessness in our area.
“Thank you to everyone who sponsored me, rest assured your contribution will be put to good use helping vulnerable people in the community.
“A full marathon is almost enough to put me off running altogether but I am already looking forward to my next charity challenge.”
Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk went the distance when it came to supporting a very worthy cause. Mr Danczuk raised more than £800 for Rochdale homelessness charity Petrus by completing the...
Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk joined the regulars at a threatened local pub to toast a planning victory over the building's owners.
Mr Danczuk and the team at the Bull’s Head in Smallbridge raised a glass in celebration after officers at Rochdale Council rejected an application to convert the pub into a vet’s surgery.
The planning application, submitted by the pub’s Kent based owners Prontoserve, was kept a secret from the Bull’s Head long serving landlords and tenants Paul Quinn and Kay Bevan.
The couple contacted Mr Danczuk when they discovered a planning notice attached to a nearby lamppost.
After interventions from the MP and others, planning bosses at Rochdale Council refused the proposal put forward by Prontoserve.
Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk said: “This is a great victory for a small local pub over out-of-town developers.
“I would like to congratulate everyone who helped raise awareness and showed their support to the Bull’s Head. Paul, Kay and their many regulars have had some fantastic backing from local councillors and well wishers across Rochdale.
“But we’re not out of the woods yet. I am now helping Paul and Kay explore different options to make sure this fantastic community asset is protected and can continue to serve local people for many years to come.”
Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk joined the regulars at a threatened local pub to toast a planning victory over the building's owners. Mr Danczuk and the team at the Bull’s Head...
This chart provides a breakdown of the varying types of case work dealt with by the team in Simon Danczuk’s constituency office in Rochdale.
In total, staff handled 60 significant new cases in June, dealing with everything from healthcare to highways.
Last month, 7% of cases related to business in the constituency. Simon recently visited the new premises of Rochdale Mobility in Yorkshire Street. The MP heralded the opening as another positive step for the Rochdale’s high street saying “shops like this represent all the best things about small independent businesses”
The casework team dealt with new education cases in the last month. In Parliament, Simon contributed to an education debate - stressing the need for reform in Greater Manchester to help young people in Rochdale get better access to skills training.
Immigration accounted for 40% of new cases in June. Simon has frequently challenged the Government over the high number of asylum seekers in Rochdale and this week called on the leadership of the Labour Party to listen more carefully to voters’ concerns about immigration.
NB: These figures do not include ongoing cases that were opened before June 1 or responses to queries about policy or campaigns, which are handled by the Westminster office.
This chart provides a breakdown of the varying types of case work dealt with by the team in Simon Danczuk’s constituency office in Rochdale. In total, staff handled 60...
Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk is calling on constituents to give the Prime Minister a grilling over the issues that matter to them.
Mr Danczuk has won the ballot for the right to quiz David Cameron at Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) on Wednesday June 29th and wants to pose a query that comes directly from a Rochdale resident.
PMQs is the most watched event in the weekly political calendar with David Cameron answering questions from MPs across the House of Commons.
Mr Danczuk said: “PMQs are the main showpiece of the Parliamentary schedule and this is your opportunity to put the Prime Minister on the spot.
“The chance to ask a question at PMQs is a coverted opportunity among MPs and I want to make absolutely sure that I am addressing the issues that mean the most to the people of Rochdale.
“Whether your question is about the economy, the EU, transport, crime or education - this is your chance to hold the Prime Minister to account directly.”
To suggest a question for Simon to ask at PMQs, email your submission to email@example.com with the subject “PMQs”.
Alternatively, written suggestions can be sent to 26 St Mary’s Gate, Rochdale, OL16 1DZ.
Please include your name, email address, postal address including postcode and contact number.
Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk is calling on constituents to give the Prime Minister a grilling over the issues that matter to them. Mr Danczuk has won the ballot for the...
Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk joined in the Beer Day Britain celebrations and raised a glass to the nation’s favourite drink.
Mr Danczuk and his Parliamentary colleagues enjoyed a pint at The Britannia Arms, a pop up pub in the grounds of the historic Jewel Tower opposite the House of Commons, on Wednesday.
MPs and peers were able to sample beer and pub food from across the UK and toast Britain’s beer heritage.
The Jewel Tower is where, in the 19th century, the pint was officially recognized as the legal measure for draught beer.
Many of the most famous beer styles brewed around the world were invented in Britain, including Pale Ale, India Pale Ale and Stout.
Mr Danczuk said: “Britain has a proud history when it comes to producing quality beer.
“It’s important to celebrate this heritage as a reminder of how valuable our local pubs are.”
Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk joined in the Beer Day Britain celebrations and raised a glass to the nation’s favourite drink. Mr Danczuk and his Parliamentary colleagues enjoyed a pint at...
The MP punted for Roy Hodgson's men to make it all the way to the final of the tournament, with all winnings from the £40 bet going to Rochdale Samaritans.
The bet was placed during Mr Danczuk’s visit to the Rochdale branch of William Hill in Baillie Street, where he spoke with staff and learned more about the bookie's latest campaign to encourage responsible gambling.
Mr Danczuk said: “Call me hopelessly optimistic but I really think England can go all the way to the final on July 10.
“It’s all a bit of fun with the added bonus that I get to help Rochdale Samaritans who do such amazing work helping people in our town in their hour of need.”
Football fans in Rochdale now have an extra reason to cheer for England at Euro 2016, after Simon Danczuk backed the team in a charity bet with William Hill. The...
Simon Danczuk believes Rochdale town centre is really going places as he welcomed a much-loved local business to its new home.
The MP cut the ribbon to declare the new Yorkshire Street premises of Rochdale Mobility officially open for business.
The shop is already a Rochdale institution after spending time in the Exchange Shopping Centre and owner Dale Nugent hopes the move to a new home will help him build on this success.
As the only shop of its kind in the town, Rochdale Mobility provides everything from wheelchairs to rise and recline chairs to help people with mobility problems.
Mr Nugent said: “We’re one of the main suppliers of scooters and specialist mobility equipment in the North West.
“I started in Ashton a few years ago but I wanted to open a shop here because it’s my home town and I saw that there was a bigger need for a shop like this in Rochdale.
“Since then we’ve helped hundreds of customers and people come to rely on the service to help them get out and about. Otherwise they would be stuck inside, we help give them their independence.”
Mr Danczuk said: “I’m delighted that Rochdale Mobility has moved to its new premises on Rochdale’s main high street.
“For me, shops like this represent all the best things about small independent businesses.
“Dale is passionate about what he does and he works hard to build lasting relationships with his customers, who he treats more like friends.
“As Rochdale town centre continues to improve I hope to see more shops like this, catering to local needs and supporting our community.”
Simon Danczuk believes Rochdale town centre is really going places as he welcomed a much-loved local business to its new home. The MP cut the ribbon to declare the new...