BORN at Monmouth Castle in 1387, Henry V was frequently referred to as Harry of Monmouth. 15 years ago his namesake, Harry the Vole, made his first appearance when he was adopted as the town mascot. About five years ago, he mysteriously disappeared and there were concerns that he had become another statistic in the diminishing water vole population. After hearing about the event at Monmouth Castle this weekend (22nd August to 23rd August) to commemorate the Battle of Agincourt Harry is back. The ever-eager vole is ready to engage with humans and has even decided to try his hand at archery.

Harry was spotted limbering up in the castle grounds one evening last week and is keen to show his new-found ability with the longbow. How he will fare alongside the skilled archers of Companions of the Forest and Brotherhood of Aman remains to be seen.

Come along and watch his antics and, on a more serious note, learn about life in Henry’s army in the early 15th century.

Entrance is free and on Saturday there will be ceilidh dancing and a hog roast. A decorated gazebo competition will be held and entries will be accepted on the day.

The event organisers are grateful for the support of Monmouthshire County Council, Monmouth Chamber of Commerce and Trade, David Tovey of MonTeas, Chillipepper Signs, Cadw and the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers.

The event starts at 10am and entry is free. The hog roast will take place from 12pm to 5pm and is on Saturday only.