About the Friends of Erlestoke Prison

The Friends of Erlestoke Prison helps to support offenders with the challenges of resettlement and rehabilitation. We fund projects which:

  • Prepare men for release

  • Help offenders face up to the impact of their crimes

  • Help offenders develop skills which will help them to find employment

  • Bring fathers closer to their partners and children

  • Raise local awareness about the work of the prison

Christmas Concert - Saturday 3rd December 2016
Thank you to everyone who joined us at St John's Church, Devizes for our Christmas Concert. Over 150 people enjoyed the Wessex Male Choir and Shrewton Silver Band, welcomed by Canon Paul Richardson, Belinda Southwell, Chair, Friends of Erlestoke Prison and Tim Knight, Governor, HMP Erlestoke.

Over £3,200 was raised through ticket sales and donations which will help support our work with the prison in 2017. Thank you to all our donors and supporters of this event and throughout 2016.


New Trustees

We are pleased to announce that we appointed two new trustees in June 2016: Sarah Gooch and Judith Squarey.

Sarah was appointed to the Bench in Wiltshire in 1991and during her time as a magistrate, worked closely with the probation service. Sarah has always been interested in promoting the care and rehabilitation of offenders and is also involved in a Wiltshire Initiative which monitors and encourages Restorative Justice in the community.

Judith ran her own physiotherapy practice for 45 years and was married to an Anglican priest for 41 years. Her husband was involved with prisons and inevitably Judith became interested through his work. Judith has worked with several other charities including Riding for Disabled and has been involved in training sessions for the Clergy.

We welcome both Sarah and Judith to our trustee team.

For prisoners' families

We are running a transport service on visit days, from Devizes bus stops and/or Westbury train station to HMP Erlestoke. To access this service please contact Carol on 07721 932430 with the date and time the lift is required, the number of persons and where you would like to be picked up. Or you can book via email:

We will then let you know if we have a driver available. Drivers are volunteers and will have envelopes in their vehicle for a voluntary donation towards your journey.

If you have a concern about an offender following your visit, please call the prison on the 'Safer Custody' phone number: 01380 814373


Erlestoke House Farm Shop

The Erlestoke House Farm Shop will reopen in Spring 2017. The shop sells fresh produce, plants, flowers and bespoke hand crafted furniture. You can also order cakes for all occasions. A catalogue is available here.

The shop is currently seeking volunteers for 2017 and would love to hear from anyone who is interested in working with them.

If you would like to place an order or volunteer in the shop, please click here

Erlestoke House is a registered Community Interest Company, working with the Friends of Erlestoke Prison

Governor Knight says HMP Erlestoke is safe and calm

For the full article in the Wiltshire Gazette and Herald, please click here

Annual Report 2015/16 published August 2016

Please download and read our 2015/16 annual report which summarises our work throughout the last year and our aspirations for the future. The report is available here

The 2014/15 report is available here.