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.
Janice Turrell remembers the Be-Ive. You can hear her talking about it to Joan Gane during an interview for the Meldreth Local History Group in April 2014 in the audio clip on the top of this page. A transcription of the clip is given below:
I used to go in there quite a bit. Well, my mum used to go in there quite a bit to get the wool and knitting the girls their jumpers and stuff like that. Yeah. It was a bit cramped in there she sold everything she did, she really did. At first that was in her garage on the other side of the shop and then they had that house built this side so they had a bigger shop. I don’t know what happened to the people there but the daughter still lives in the bungalow at the back of the shop. Marion Oliver is the daughter of the people to start with yes she was – yes. ‘Cos Oliver’s son, her husband rather, well, his dad used to live in Whaddon and his dad was a postman in Whaddon. They sold everything you could think of – clothes, you know everything you could think of really. And what they used to do in them days if you went in there and wanted some wool and that, they put so much by you know and you bought a few ounces at a time.
Transcription by Gloria Willers