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, 7.00pm at
St John's Church, Devizes

Tickets are now on sale for our major fundraiser this year! Following the success of our two concerts in 2012 and 2014, we are hosting a Christmas Concert with Wessex Choir and Shrewton Silver Band in St John's Church, Devizes, SN10 1NP on the 3rd December at 7pm. (doors open at 6.15pm). Please join us, have a wonderful evening and help us raise funds for our work in 2017.

Seats are £15 each (under 16s are free) and you can apply for seats by clicking here to download and print a seat order form.

For all queries, please email Angela Hughes by clicking here

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

We are working with the Erlestoke House Farm Shop which is open on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 12.00 - 3.00pm. 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 having a Christmas Fayre on Saturday 10th December 2016, from 11am to 3pm. All are welcome and they would love to see you!

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

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.