Just hours before the big knighthood announcement, Sir Edward Leigh was in Tealby to open a new outdoor area for primary school children.
Sir Edward had been invited to Tealby Primary School to cut the ribbon at its newly refurbished garden for four to seven-year-olds - but he kept tight-lipped about his good news.
He told the Rasen Mail: “The school is going from strength to strength.
“It’s important to show support to rural schools. It keeps the village alive.
“Someone’s done a lot of work on the garden - pupils can do planting and learn about herbs.
“It’s good for kids to be outside and not always staring at a computer screen.”
The garden, which children helped to design, has areas to grow, a greenhouse, sand pit, grass to play on and a story-telling area.
Headteacher Denise Popplewell said: “It’s a much more pleasant environment for children to learn in.
“They love being outdoors.
“It’s really transformed teaching and learning.”
Chairman of governors Kelly Smith said: “It’s fantastic. It’s a culmination of a lot of effort and work.
“It’s absolutely transformed the outside provision.”
Six-year-old pupil Daniel Horton said: “I’m looking forward to planting the plants.
“My mum taught me how to do it.”
The school has been working on the garden, which was paid for from school funds, since February.