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

A huge thank you to the Bishop of Ramsbury!

We are delighted and extremely grateful to the Rt Revd Dr Edward Condry, Bishop of Ramsbury who has raised over £7,000 for the Friends by cycling to Rome. The 1,200 mile journey started on the 7th July and lasted 14 days. If you would like to do so, you can still donate via his justgiving page.

Welcome to our newest Trustee

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Carol Part, as our newest Trustee. Carol will be responsible for the charity's fundraising strategy and policy; she has a wealth of experience in developing national and local charity potential and securing funds. Carol is a real asset to our team and we are delighted that she has agreed to join us as a Trustee.


For all visitors

We are pleased to announce that the portacabin outside the main gate of the prison is now available for use by visitors on visit days. There is a toilet in the portacabin and visitors will now have access to somewhere dry and warm whilst waiting for access into the prison.

For prisoners' families

We run 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 is open from 12noon to 3pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays until the end of October.

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, including a part-time Shop Manager 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

Annual Report 2016/17 published August 2017

Please download and read our 2016/17 annual report which summarises our work throughout the last year and our aspirations for the future. The report is available here

The 2015/16 report is available here

The 2014/15 report is available here.