The Third Age refers to the life period of active retirement. This is a time of creativity and learning for older people. Classes range from computers to earth sciences. Activities include exercise classes, choir, band, archery, theatre and bus trips. Being in your third age is the only criterion needed to become a member. No educational qualications are required. There is no restriction in age or residential address.Being a mutual self-help organisation, the costs of running U3A are kept very low.