18th July 2003




Lincolnshire’s Lord Lieutenant is to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Lincoln.


Bridget Cracroft-Eley will receive an honorary Doctorate of Laws at a university awards ceremony at Lincoln Cathedral on Thursday 31st July 2003.


Mrs Cracroft-Eley became the first woman to hold the office of Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire when she succeeded Sir Henry Nevile in the post in 1995.


The office of Lord Lieutenant was created in the 16th century, when the incumbent was responsible for local emergency planning in the event of invasion.


It was the job of the Lord Lieutenant to call out the militia, secure food supplies, maintain warning beacons and if necessary ensure a ‘scorched earth’ resistance.


These days the duties are purely ceremonial: the post holder is Her Majesty’s representative in the county, whose foremost duty is to uphold the dignity of the crown, and also chief magistrate with a duty to oversee the workings of the county’s magistrates’ courts.


In addition to her role as Lord Lieutenant Mrs Cracroft-Eley is also involved at a high level in the work of some 23 charities and other organisations, including the Community Council for Lincolnshire, Age Concern, the Lincolnshire Trust for Nature Conservation, the Red Cross, the Lincoln Civic Trust, the Lincolnshire Community Foundation, the St John Ambulance, the National Kidney Research Fund and the Lincolnshire Society for History and Archaeology.


The Cracroft-Amcotts family has lived in Lincolnshire since the 15th century. Bridget Cracroft-Eley’s parents moved to Hackthorn Hall just north of Lincoln when she was three and she has lived there on and off ever since.


After she married Charles Eley the couple returned to run the farm and family estate at Hackthorn.


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