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. A famously keen peddler he undertook the whopping 1,200 mile journey to support our work in HMP Erlestoke.
The journey started on the 7th July and lasted 14 days. You can read more about it through his blog.
Also, should you wish to do so, you can still donate via his justgiving page.
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.
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