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Suffolk News Podcast: Exning philanthropist gives to staff and charities in £100 million will, Hadleigh's Partridges to close and geese stolen from Ipswich park



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An Exning benefactor who, during his lifetime, poured millions of pounds into a host of local and national charities has left more than £100 million in his will, most of which will continue to be used to help good causes.

Simon Gibson was 94 when he died in May last year at Landwade Hall on his 1,776 acre Exning estate near Newmarket.

Now in his recently published will it has been revealed that, as well as leaving £1.6 million to seven named charities, he also made generous personal bequests to members of his estate’s staff, both working and retired, his carer, as well as his legal representatives.

In other news, an institution of Hadleigh’s high street for almost two centuries is set to shut its doors for the final time this autumn.

MW Partridge & Co Ltd – more commonly known in the town as Partridges – announced it will be closing down on September 30, just one year shy of the 200th anniversary of its opening.

The hardware store was placed on the market with local estate agents Chapman Stickels earlier this year, at a guide price of £2.25 million.

And finally, Police are calling for information on suspects who stole wild birds from a Suffolk park.

Two Canada geese were stolen in two incidents at Chantry Park in Ipswich.

The first theft took place on June 23 - where two males reportedly captured a wild goose and put it in a cage before driving off with it.

The second incident took place on Monday this week, when a wild gosling was taken from the same location.

Anyone who has knowledge of either incident or knows who was responsible is being asked to contact Suffolk Police.