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The Poppy Appeal, Bluewater, Kent

Community Projects

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.

Bluewater have supported Dartford Valley Rugby Club since 2015, allowing opportunities for local children and adults to play and learn the sport.

The Giving Tree at Bluewater has been running since 2013. In 2017, our guests donated over 15,700 presents to 75 different charities that were distributed to 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 2017 a huge £112,217 was raised at Bluewater.

We welcome Cancer Research UK twice a year to support their fundraising for World Cancer Day in February and Stand up To Cancer in October.

We continue to support The Bluewater Chaplaincy Team with the Chaplains to support the local food banks and through The Learning Shop and Porchlight provide employment training opportunities for the unemployed and those returning to work.

We fundraise for Darent Valley Hospital’s Lollipop Fund at Bluewater too. When we run children’s events, any donations go to this charity. We are very proud to support our local hospital.

Other charities we support:

  • Barnardo’s
  • Scotty’s little soldiers
  • Ellenor
Gift Wrap Station, Bluewater, Kent

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.