Hidden doorways part VI

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In the sixth of a series of articles looking at Wanstead's 'hidden doorways', local resident and photography enthusiast Stephen Lines challenges you to identify the location of this snow-capped construction.

London town is aglow with decorations. Wanstead is blossoming with bright blue and white lights adorning lamp posts. The Christmas tree provides a shining beacon on George Green. Festivals of light feature in religious and secular celebrations at this time of year. Each bringing brightness to the dark midwinter days. The last days of the old year edging towards the first days of the new – a period for reflection and hope.

This Christmas will be 100 years since the first Christmas after the Great War. The Armistice centenary commemorations across the country reminded us of the loss which occurred during those terrible years between 1914 and 1918. I wonder what Christmas would have been like for those returning from the devastating conflict and for those whose family members and friends never returned home.

Communities can do so much to support people experiencing troubled lives. Often communities are based around religious establishments. Mosques, temples and churches often offer much to local people. But we can also offer kindness and assistance on an individual level. We are each part of a community after all.

Wanstead is privileged to have many historic churches. Some, however, might be preparing to serve their communities in different ways as needs change.

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This month's doorway can be found in the grounds of St Mary's Church, Wanstead

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