A stunning, cold and sunny morning. After a brief visit to the office, I headed to the RAC Saddle Club, adjacent to the Bovington garrison. Two previous attempts to visit had been cancelled due to the weather. Parked up and soon met Yard Manager & Performance Coach, BHSI, Steph Buchanan. A remarkable lady, Steph has run the club for more than 30 years and is a much-loved and respected figure. A cup of warm tea and then into the yard to meet some of the youngsters using the club. To my surprise, I heard that former Olympic cyclist Victoria Pendleton worked here on occasions, to be told she was in today. So, I was soon chatting to Victoria, who was helping a youngster groom her horse. Victoria could not have been more charming and I was fascinated to hear a little of her attempt to climb Mt Everest. A brave lady. Then, it was across to the office to meet the new Chairman, Terry. A former cavalry officer, he is very much on board with the club and they are lucky to have him. Just before midday, I had to take my leave, as the next stop was the lifeboat station in Swanage. There I met the new Chairman, David Corbin, and the Coxswain, Dave Turnbull. Their new vessel, now some seven years old, is proving its worth. I've been fortunate to have gone out on it a few years ago and the boat is very impressive. I heard all the latest news and we had an enjoyable chat for an hour or so over a cup of tea. Afterwards, I headed to Cecil Road in the town, to visit another Abbeyfield Sheltered Housing Scheme. I met the Housekeeper and several residents, who all sang the organisation's praises. Indeed, I found the home warm and cosy, with a lovely atmosphere. Here residents can live independently, but find strength and friendship as a team. A similar set-up in Weymouth had the same good feel to it.