Governor Knight reported in the Wiltshire Gazette and Herald that HMP Erlestoke is safe and calm. He also praised the work of the Friends of Erlestoke Prison. For full article, please click here.
We are currently working with the Erlestoke House Farm Shop and are pleased to announce that the shop opened on the 1st October. Please visit the shop, which is next to the Visitor Centre at the entrance to the prison.
Shop hours are 12.00 to 3.00pm, Thursday and Friday and 12.00 to 2.00pm on Saturday up until 19th December.
The shop will then be closed until early March 2016 but you are still welcome to order furniture by email.
If you would like to place an order or volunteer in the shop, please click here.
The shop will be selling:
A catalogue is available here.
Erlestoke House is a registered Community Interest Company, working with the Friends of Erlestoke Prison
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.
Peter Woolf spoke to two groups of Erlestoke prisoners about his experiences of crime, drugs, alcohol and 18 years in prison and other institutions. He then explained how, when he met two of his victims face to face through the process of Restorative Justice, he turned his life around. He is now happily married, living a drug, alcohol and crime free life. It is hoped that he will inspire Erlestoke prisoners to rethink their own lives and behaviour.
Robert Hiscox, Patron of the Friends, unveiled 'a Journey to Hope', a large mosaic created by victims of crime and prisoners from HMP Erlestoke who worked together with the mosaic artist, Maylee Christie. The mosaic hangs in a prominent position in the prison grounds for prisoners, staff and visitors to view. The project was a collaboration between the Friends, Victim Support Devizes and HMP Erlestoke. It was jointly funded by the Friends and the Wiltshire Council Devizes Area Board. For photos of the unveiling, please go to the Photogallery.