18th July 2003




The Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire will receive an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Lincoln, later this month.


A fervent support of the countryside, Ruth Parker, of Blankney Estates, will be presented with her Honorary Fellowship at Lincoln Cathedral on Tuesday 29th July at 11.30am.


Since retiring from lecturing at the Cordon Bleu School of Cookery in London, the Ditchley Park Foundation in Oxfordshire and the South Park High School for Girls in Lincoln, Ruth has devoted her time to rural community activities.


Wife of Richard Parker, owner of Blankney Estates and former High Sheriff of Lincolnshire, Ruth has a vast knowledge of the farming and countryside activities.


Ruth has raised funds for many local charities and organisations, was a founder member of the Kesteven Children in Need charity and helped to raise £1.5 million as the chair of Lincoln County Hospital See More MRI Scanner Appeal.


As well as her many fund-raising activities Ruth has found time to serve the community as a councillor with Kesteven County Council, Metheringham Parish Council and Blankney Parochial Church Council. 


She has been a Member of Chapter at Lincoln Cathedral and was a governor on the board of the University of Lincoln until she retired in February of this year.


Ruth’s great interest in the countryside and participation in country sports such as fishing, riding and golfing, and particularly as Chair of Blankney Hunt, has enabled her to influence the preservation and improvement of habitat of local flora and fauna and help maintain the traditions of the countryside.



For more information contact: Gill Noakes, Press Assistant, University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886244 or Email: gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk

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