Fred attended Rosegrove Congregational Chapel with the rest of the family. He became a member of the choir singing in the “young men’s section”. He was a member of the Lowerhouse Tennis Club and was a good swimmer – he taught his sister Mary to swim.
When Fred was older he joined the Burnley motor cycle club. They used to meet on Sunday and the last call was at 98 Accrington Road, the Magnall household where his mother used to have a pan of onion and lentil soup for them before they set off on their outings. Fred had a “Dunelt” motor cycle. One of the group was Joe Abbott, who became a speedway champion at Belle Vue, Manchester. Mary and Clara used to watch them compete in motor bike scrambles, to which they were taken by their father. Fred remained interested in motor cycle racing and went to the T.T. races in the Isle of Man, even after he was married.