The Friends were delighted to host a visit from The Duchess on the 18th November. The Duchess was welcomed by our Patron, Robert Hiscox, who is also the Deputy Lieutenant of Wiltshire and Dave Quinnell, Acting Governor of HMP Erlestoke. The Duchess visited the Education Department, the bricklaying and plastering workshop, the Chapel, the Visits Hall and the Visitor Centre. She met with prison staff, offenders and Friends of Erlestoke Prison trustees and volunteers and was shown examples of the Friends' work with offenders and their families.
The Friends of Erlestoke Prison is delighted to welcome HRH The Duchess of Cornwall as their 'Royal Patron' for an initial 5-year term from July 2013. The Duchess is well known for her considerable portfolio of charity work and patronages, but this is her first patronage of a charity dedicated to the rehabilitation and resettlement of offenders. The Duchess visited the prison in March 2012 to attend a performance of Les Miserables given by the Pimilico Opera Group; offenders from Erlestoke were part of the cast and worked backstage.
Welcome and thank you to Robert Hiscox who has agreed to be a Patron of the Friends of Erlestoke Prison.