The Be-ive

Photo:A view of the High Street showing the barn on the right hand side about, 1930

A view of the High Street showing the barn on the right hand side about, 1930

Photo:The Be-ive  in the 1970's

The Be-ive in the 1970's

Photo:The advertisement for the retirement sale

The advertisement for the retirement sale

Meldreth WI, 1988 album

The Wool Shop, 80 High Street

By Chris Duguid

The wool shop known as the Be-ive was first opened by Mrs Reed in 1960 at her daughter's home in the High Street next to the One Stop shop.

The shop then transferred to 80 High Street when Mr and Mrs Reed built their chalet bungalow with a purpose built shop, where they continued to sell wool, haberdashery and children's clothes.

In 1966 the business was bought by Mr and Mrs Gadsby who continued the business until 1988, the shop then closed and became a private house.

This page was added by Chris Duguid on 06/12/2010.
Comments about this page

Recently I heard that Mrs Gadsby died on September 2nd at her home in Leyburn, Yorkshire, aged 86 years. Many people will remember her owning the wool shop in the High Street. She was extremely helpful and would go out of her way to order any articles that customers requested or bring them from her other shop in Shefford. Nancy was much missed when she closed the shop and moved away in 1988.

By Ann Handscombe
On 27/12/2015

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