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.
We raised just over £3,600 when Kate Adie came to Marlborough to speak about her experiences and memorable reports from conflict zones around the world. Over 230 people attended the event. We are grateful to St John's School in Marlborough for providing us with their 'Theatre on the Hill' as the venue and to the White Horse Bookshop in Marlborough for acting as our ticket agent for the event.
Thank you to everyone who joined us at St John's Church, Devizes for our Christmas Concert. Over 150 people enjoyed the Wessex Male Choir and Shrewton Silver Band, welcomed by Canon Paul Richardson, Belinda Southwell, Chair, Friends of Erlestoke Prison and Tim Knight, Governor, HMP Erlestoke. Over £3,200 was raised through ticket sales and donations which will support our work with the prison in 2017.
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.
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