The colours of the field and voided chevron are from the arms of Sir John Say, Lord of the Manor of Broxbom, which feature also in the arms of the District Council designed by Mr Hopkinson in 1974. They are also the livery colours of the Heraldry Society, of which he is an Honorary Fellow. The chevron also represents Great Gable and the rank of Corporal, which Mr Hopkinson achieved during his National Service. The hops are a pun on his surname. The saltire is taken from the arms of St Albans diocese, especially when it falls on blue. Where it falls on red it refers to the arms of the former Borough of Tottenham where Mr Hopkinson’s wife born and where, during the football season, Mr Hopkinson stood on the terraces. The pellet lion is taken from the Draper’s Company, the governing body of Bancroft’s School, where Mr Hopkinson was educated. The flames are taken from the arms of Hopkinson of Alford, Leicestershire. The ruling pen alludes to his career as a surveyor draughtsman with the Civil Service (the mural crown) and to his interest in the architecture of medieval churches. Mrs Christine Hopkinson bears the shield by a lozenge argent.