The newly formed Bedale & RAF Leeming branch of the RAF Association is looking for new members.The RAF Association offers friendship, help and support to the ‘RAF family’. This includes current and former serving RAF personnel, their spouses, widows, widowers and other dependants. From something as simple as a visit to chat, to financial support in a time of need, the Association is there to help. The majority of this support is delivered by local Branch members, on a voluntary basis.By becoming a member you can enjoy getting together with like-minded people and take part in a range of social events, from raising funds in support of the annual Wings Week Appeal to helping a veteran in his or her garden.Branch Chairman, Wing Commander Chris Thorpe, said: “I’d urge anyone who is serving or who has served in the RAF, or indeed anyone who is interested in supporting the Association, to come along to one of our meetings to see what we’re all about. It’s free to visit us and we’re always keen to meet new people.”There are many former RAF personnel and their families living in this part of North Yorkshire. This new branch, which includes many serving personnel, offers the opportunity for current and former RAF members to work together for the benefit of others.