Located in the lifeboat station on Crag Path in Aldeburgh, our RNLI shop is run by an amazing team of enthusiastic volunteers who are members of the Guild


The shop offers something for all ages - there is a fantastic range of lifeboat related gifts, toys and greetings cards and of course all profits raised go towards the RNLI.  


Opening Hours
Daily 10.30-16.30 ( April- October)
Daily 10.30-15.30 ( November-December and March)
Weekends only  10.30-15.30 ( January – February)
Tel: 01728 454065

Address RNLI Lifeboat Shop, Crag Path Aldeburgh Suffolk IP15 5BP

VOLUNTEER IN THE SHOP  If you have a few hours to spare and would like to help out by manning the shop, please contact the Guild through the shop or the station.


If you feel you could spare some of your valuable time to help the Guild with any of the following activities, please drop by the shop or call the station.

How to help...
Flag Day
Street Collection
Annual Street Fair
Other events when they occur

You too could make a difference


The Guild was formed in 1962 under the name of the “Lifeboat Ladies’ Guild”.  The Chairman was the Mayoress, Mrs. Dudley Knowles.  A newspaper cutting about the formation reads – “Aldeburgh is to have yet another organisation for the ladies of the town.  Certainly no-one in Aldeburgh has any excuse to be bored, for there is so much going on that everyone can find something to keep themselves busy.” 

In those days, the AGM of the Guild was held in the cinema.  The Chairman’s Report mentioned a Tea Duty – “there have been four occasions when Guild members have welcomed the boat home after a call, giving the crew hot tea, cigarettes etc,  On one occasion when the boat returned at 1.30 am, we were somewhat anxious as to whether we would be “on the ball” and ready with the tea on time.  Actually, we dared not go to bed in case we failed to hear the rockets recalling the boat, but all was well and with the co-operation of the Coastguard, who telephoned me as soon as they were on the way home, the kettle was boiled and the tea ready on time.

Shipwash Christmas Gifts - The Guild was very pleased to be able to help the Crew with their annual efforts of collecting Christmas Fare to take to the Shipwash Lightship.  A letter of grateful thanks was received from the Crew of the Shipwash. 

Comfort Fund - The object of the Fund was to provide those little extra comforts such as cigarettes, tea etc.  Members have knitted woollen hats for each Crew member and towelling scarves have also been provided.  Souvenir sales were found to be a useful way of raising money.  The Guild raised nearly £500 in its first year.” What a wonderful beginning for our present day Guild which raises over £100,000 every year.


Donations may be made in cash or by cheque payable to ‘Aldeburgh RNLI Guild’  and deposited at or mailed to the shop or boat-shed at Aldeburgh Lifeboat, Crag Path, Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP5 5BP. Gift aid increases the Donation if you are a Tax payer and relevant forms are available at the shop.