Musicians wanted to help students in a jam

Woodroffe business studies team plan to put on a series of live shows in Lyme Regis as part of the Oxjam festival

Would-be Alan Sugars are going into the music trade to turn a profit for a worthy cause.

Business studies students at The Woodroffe School want to sign up a variety of musical acts for a series of fund-raising performances later this year.

As part of the annual Oxjam Festival, in October, they plan to present a number of live music events at venues around the town, including the Marine Theatre, Marine Parade arches and at The Hub.

Now the students, who are aiming to raise at least �500 for the Oxfam charity, are looking for local bands, solo artists or DJs, to take part.

Their teacher, Martin Banfield said: “This is an incredible opportunity for the students, all of whom have never been involved in organising anything on this scale.

“As well as organising a successful event, which will raise a lot of money for Oxfam, they are also being assessed on it, so what they do will contribute to their final grade.”

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The 14 students, who are studying event planning as part of their course, are being led by appointed project manager Sebastian Board.

He said: “This is something that we see as a great challenge. We are really motivated and want to organise something that the people of Lyme will remember and talk about. Hopefully, if all goes well, this could become an annual event in the area.”

Their plans are to include:

• An evening of live music at the Marine Theatre, with a range of bands from across the local area.

• An afternoon of busking and acoustic live music at the Marine Parade Shelters.

• An evening of live music at The Hub, exclusively for under 18s, showcasing young local bands, who would like the opportunity to play in front of a live audience.

For more information, or for bands who would like to take part in any aspect of the event, please contact head of business studies, Martin Banfield on 01297 442232 or email: , or student, Joe Bailey, who is responsible for organising the line up, on

The Oxjam weekend is October 12 and 13

* For more information on Oxjam, which has raised more than �1.75m for Oxfam’s work since 2006, visit

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