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Collinson Palindromic Reunion

A special reunion for the Collinson Palindromic OMs

In December 1956 Old Millhillian, Ray Dunsbier (Collinson 1952-56) made a speech as Head of House proposing that him and his friends in Collinson should hold a reunion on a memorable date a decade on from that time.

They chose 06/06/66, thus creating the Collinson Palindromic Reunion. They met again on 07/07/77, 08/08/88 and so on and so on...  The 2022 Reunion was set to take place on 02/02/22 of course, but due to Covid restrictions it had to be delayed until it was safe to gather. 

Last month it was a pleasure to welcome the Collinson Palindromic OMs to Mill Hill School for their special reunion. A delicious, 3 course meal was enjoyed in the Crick Room with good wine and good memories shared throughout. Two OMs even travelled from the US to attend the event. One sang a beautiful grace in Latin before the lunch. 

Current Housemaster, Stuart Hendy joined the OMs for this special occasion and made a speech about the evolution of the House from their time. He took them on a tour and introduced them to current Millhillians, whom after hearing about the Palindromic squad are keen to keep the tradition going and would love to meet every ten years to celebrate memories of the School.

It was a truly heart-warming event and all who attended thoroughly enjoyed it. We hope that Old Millhillian’s around the world continue building bonds and connecting through occasions like this.

"It evoked a host of memories and it was so good to catch up with old friends after so long."

"What an amazing day, to meet up again with fellow Collinsonian ex-residents, most of whom I had not seen for 62 to 67 years! (I had been unable to attend previous Palindromic Reunions). It was extraordinary to see and speak to you all and satisfying to be able to recognise people, unseen from all that time ago, once I had a name and memory enabled me to compare appearances with times that I had seen you during my schooldays at Mill Hill, residing in Collinson."

"Collinson has inevitably changed in many ways as time and cultures have dictated: however the Collinson ethos of old is still there and those of your charges we had the pleasure of meeting appeared very relaxed and happy in their delightful environment."

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