Bluewater continues to strive to be a good neighbour and support local community development. Over the years, many events, initiatives and issues have helped us interact with the community and to understand how we can work together for the benefit of all.
Through the Spring and Summer months, Bluewater sponsor Dartford Festival and Stone Fete to help our local councils and communities host amazing, free, family friendly events.
The Giving Tree at Bluewater has been running since 2013. In 2020, our guests donated over 4300 presents and donated £8440.50 via Tap & Go to be shared amongst 49 different charities supporting disadvantaged children across Kent.
The Christmas gift wrap service at Bluewater offers work experience and a springboard back into employment for long-term unemployed individuals.
Bluewater supports The Poppy Appeal each year by providing space in the mall for The Poppy Shop and for volunteers to sell paper poppies and merchandise. In 2020, despite the pandemic, a huge £91,421 was raised at Bluewater.
We continue to support The Bluewater Chaplaincy Team with the Chaplains to support the local food banks and through The Learning Shop provide employment training opportunities for the unemployed and those returning to work.
We support Darent Valley Hospital whenever we can. When we run children’s events, any donations go to this charity. We are very proud to support our local hospital.
The Community Forum
The Community Forum was started before construction began, to share views and concerns with our neighbours. Since opening, the forums have continued with bi-monthly meetings held at Bluewater with representatives from Residents Associations and local groups including the Racial Equality Council, Council for Voluntary Service and the Police.
We have found that as a group we are in a better position to establish a network of communication across the community, finding out about, informing and sometimes influencing, on behalf of residents, developments in the wider area of Kent Thameside.
For more information or to become involved in The Community Forum, please contact Bluewater Management on 01322 475475.
Chantry Model Club
Chantry Model Club was formed in 1988 in Gravesend. The club moved to Bluewater in 2000 where they have the use of the superb lake facilities located beside the Village car park.
As a club, the aim is to promote the hobby of model boat building and provide the facility to bring together like-minded people, of all ages to enjoy building, sailing and being involved in the social activities that this hobby provides.
The club sails 3 days a week:
Wednesday – 10am-3pm at the latest
Saturday – 10am-3pm at the latest
Sunday 9am-12 noon at the latest
The actual sailing times are dependent on weather conditions and the availability of authorised club members being on hand to supervise the sessions.
The club covers the full spectrum of boat types from working sailboats and yachts to electric and steam powered craft such as tugs, battleships, fishing boats, cargo vessels, liners and submarines etc.
Please note: I/C power boats are not allowed to run as the lake is not suitable for these types of craft and would be detrimental to the local environment and wildlife.